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From parades on skis, egg hunts in the snow, crazy ski outfits and sunrise church services at the top of the mountain, for me, Easter and skiing have always gone mitten in hand.  I’ve rarely missed being at my local ski area with friends and family on Easter and this year will be no different.

Bored with the pastel hues of Easter decorations I decided I’d bring out this colorfully saturated 1930’s St. Anton poster depicting Hannes Schneider, the legendary ski instructor who made the “Arlberg” ski technique famous, surrounded by a class of playful snow bunnies.

From: The Art of Skiing by Jenny de Gex

Could it be pure coincidence that bunnies, spotted in a shop window in Salzburg last month by AlpineStyle56, bear a close resemblance in color and silhouette to Schneider’s unruly pupils?

photo: ©AlpineStyle56

Happy Easter everyone!

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I just spent a few days at the Winter Outdoor Retailer trade show last week. The state-of-the-art backcountry and telemark ski gear that will be available next fall makes my head spin!

It’s nice to think back on a time when ski boots were simpler, resembled hiking boots and skied like slippers. However, I won’t be trading my buckles for laces anytime soon!

Bally Boot

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Arnaldo Musati (1916-1988) captured the exuberance of this mittened Italian beauty in his 1953 ski poster. The spirit of spring skiing hasn’t changed much since then.
It’s been a few years since I skied the Haute Route and straddled the snowy mountainous border between Italy and Switzerland and passed under Monte Cervino (Matterhorn). We had unbelievably good weather during that April tour and I can still feel the warmth of the sun and the texture of corn snow under my skis!
Unlike in this snowy picture, our ski season in Vermont is screeching to a halt. This weekend, if Mother Nature cooperates and turns on her bright lights, will be the last hurrah at the mountain. We’ll ski and ride in tank tops, skirts and goofy get-ups, slathered with sunscreen.  Spontaneous tailgate parties will bloom in the base lodge parking lot complete with lawn chairs, gas grills, beer coolers and tunes while kids and dogs chase Frisbees.
We’ll reminisce about those cold days when the lifts were on wind hold, and the epic powder ones. We’ll say good-bye to friends we won’t see again until next winter – those who follow the snow to the southern hemisphere, and others who migrate to the ocean. Such is the community of skiers and riders.

Arnaldo Musati (1916-1988) captured the exuberance of this mittened Italian beauty in his 1953 ski poster. The spirit of spring skiing hasn’t changed much since then.

It’s been a few years since I skied the Haute Route and straddled the snowy mountainous border between Italy and Switzerland and passed under Monte Cervino (Matterhorn). We had unbelievably good weather during that April tour and I can still feel the warmth of the sun and the texture of corn snow under my skis!

Unlike in this snowy poster, our ski season in Vermont is screeching to a halt. This weekend, if Mother Nature cooperates and turns on her bright lights, will be the last hurrah at the mountain. We’ll ski and ride in tank tops, skirts and goofy get-ups, slathered with sunscreen. Spontaneous tailgate parties will bloom in the parking lot complete with lawn chairs, gas grills, beer coolers and tunes while kids and dogs chase Frisbees.

We’ll reminisce about those cold days when the lifts were on wind hold, and the epic powder ones. We’ll say good-bye to friends we won’t see again until next winter – those who follow the snow to the southern hemisphere, and others who migrate to the ocean. Such is the community of skiers and riders.

Cervinia
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It’s the time of year I’ve been waiting for – Spring Skiing! This photograph taken by Fernand Fonssagrives captures the exuberant spirit of the season; the warm sun, melting snow, shed clothes, and the effort it sometimes takes to keep your skis in contact with the snow.
Aptly titled “Savoir Faire” and shot in 1935, I can’t find out anything about the photograph or where it was taken. Fonssagrives (1910-2003) was born near Paris and became one of the most well known fashion photographers in the 1940’s and ‘50’s. His work appeared in Town & Country and Harper’s Bazaar.
His first wife Lisa, a Swedish model and dancer, was instrumental in his photographic career, as it was she who gave him his first Rolleiflex camera.
I can only surmise from these bits of information that the athletic women in this photo was his wife and that they were enjoying a bluebird day on a glacier.
I had the opportunity to purchase this print about twelve years ago, but passed it up; what a shame! If anyone knows more about Fonssagrives’ ski photographs or this one in particular, I’d love to know more.

It’s the time of year I’ve been waiting for – Spring Skiing! This photograph taken by Fernand Fonssagrives captures the exuberant spirit of the season; the warm sun, melting snow, shed clothes, and the effort it sometimes takes to keep your skis in contact with the snow.

Aptly titled “Savoir Faire” and shot in 1935, I can’t find out anything about the photograph or where it was taken. Fonssagrives (1910-2003) was born near Paris and became one of the most well known fashion photographers in the 1940’s and ‘50’s. His work appeared in Town & Country and Harper’s Bazaar.

His first wife Lisa, a Swedish model and dancer, was instrumental in his photographic career, as it was she who gave him his first Rolleiflex camera.

I can only surmise from these bits of information that the athletic women in this photo was his wife and that they were enjoying a bluebird day on a glacier.

SavoirFaire
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