EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › Vintage ski action photos from Life Magazine
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Vintage ski action photos from Life Magazine

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 

Vintage ski action photos from Life Mag

Recently I've been paging through the online photo archives of Life Magazine. Amazing what you can find there, including lots of fun old ski photos. Thought I'd share a few gems, they are not always accurately identified. If you double click on photos they will expand.

 

SILVER GHOST, unidentified gent, possibly pre-1940, looking very hardcore:

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/l?imgurl=4687d6ba1a609074&q=SKIERS%20source:life&prev=/images%3Fq%3DSKIERS%2Bsource:life%26hl%3Den%26tbs%3Disch:1

 

OLD SCHOOL HOTDOGGER, beautiful, artsy photo possibly from late '30s

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/l?q=SKIERS+source:life&prev=/images%3Fq%3DSKIERS%2Bsource:life%26hl%3Den%26tbs%3Disch:1&imgurl=d228a089f42c7ea5

 

Old tyme ski jumper in WA, 1946. I wonder which ski area?

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/l?q=SNOW+SKI+source:life&prev=/images%3Fq%3DSNOW%2BSKI%2Bsource:life%26start%3D21%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26ndsp%3D21%26tbs%3Disch:1&imgurl=9af249028cf62205

 

ASPEN JUMPERS, ~1964

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/l?q=ASPEN+source:life&prev=/images%3Fq%3DASPEN%2Bsource:life%26hl%3Den%26tbs%3Disch:1&imgurl=5316e5b683122f43

 

Aspen synchonicity, pretty photo from 1947

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/l?q=aspen+source:life&prev=/images%3Fq%3Daspen%2Bsource:life%26hl%3Den%26tbs%3Disch:1&imgurl=ec1199e06d954cbe

 

Lady powder skiers in NY, 1944

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/l?imgurl=020e10218f2bd5fc&q=lake%20placid%20source:life&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dlake%2Bplacid%2Bsource:life%26hl%3Den%26tbs%3Disch:1

 

Money shot of the incomparable Stein Eriksen doing a flip, probably 1960s

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/l?imgurl=a7d16127ec15e490&q=stein%20eriksen%20source:life&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dstein%2Beriksen%2Bsource:life%26start%3D40%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26ndsp%3D20%26tbs%3Disch:1

 

Kidd, Stiegler, Heuga collecting their medals at '64 Olympics

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/l?imgurl=96ed99de92a567ee&q=heuga%20source:life&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dheuga%2Bsource:life%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DX%26tbs%3Disch:1

 

Mt Hood ski patrol, 1940. I'm in awe of these pioneers!

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/l?imgurl=63667f001fad443a&q=winter%20ski%20source:life&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dwinter%2Bski%2Bsource:life%26start%3D160%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26ndsp%3D20%26tbs%3Disch:1

post #2 of 29
post #3 of 29

 

Quote:
 

Old tyme ski jumper in WA, 1946. I wonder which ski area?

 That's Mt Rainier behind them. There used to be a "ski area" (I think just a tow rope) at Paradise, so that's probably where they are. Cool pics.

post #4 of 29
Thread Starter 

You tryin to teach an old dog new tricks

post #5 of 29

woof!  its easy bro, and people will actually see the pics.

post #6 of 29

 

 

9af249028cf62205_landing

5316e5b683122f43_landing

ec1199e06d954cbe_landing

020e10218f2bd5fc_landing

a7d16127ec15e490_landing

96ed99de92a567ee_landing

63667f001fad443a_landingd228a089f42c7ea5_landing

post #7 of 29

sorry, about the order, something still wrong with this site. It doesn't allow you to load images after one another, you need to load backwards order I guess.

post #8 of 29

Small item, the pics are from LIFE, not LOOK.

post #9 of 29

Anyone else notice how flat those landings are for Stein doing flips?

 

James, thanks for finding the photos.  good stuff.

 

b4727431417d32f0_landing

post #10 of 29

Great Pics!

post #11 of 29
Thread Starter 

ebd52b083153d831_large

Old dog learning new tricks.  This is a sharp looking Tremblant ski betty from the 1930's

post #12 of 29

Is that photo really from the 1930's? I thought ski poles were all bamboo or wood back then, and the use of metals didn't come until later...

post #13 of 29

Brave souls

post #14 of 29
Thread Starter 



 

Quote:
Originally Posted by CHRISfromRI View Post

Is that photo really from the 1930's? I thought ski poles were all bamboo or wood back then, and the use of metals didn't come until later...


You've got a good eye for details.  I'm off by a few years. It came from same 1945 group of pics as the one below by renowned photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt.  Same type poles?

d63b6b4b8dd1cf83_large

PS: I luv my new trick that Finn taught me
 

post #15 of 29

WOOF! 

post #16 of 29

The 1960's Aspen shots take me back. Aspen 1964! How things have changed.

post #17 of 29

June 25, 2010

 

Hi James:

 

Thanks for the great pictures.  How about this one of the incomparable Toni Matt of tucking the Tuckerman head wall fame?

 

ToniMatt-m.jpg

 

By the way, does it look like the slopes of Aspen from the 1964 picture are groomed?  If so, I didn't realize that they had grooming in the 60s.  Also, can anyone tell me where the picture of Stein was taken?  Since I know that he was at Sugarbush for awhile, and since the mountains in the back ground don't have a "western" look, could it be Sugarbush?

 

Think snow,

 

CP

post #18 of 29

To my knowledge, they didn't do any grooming other than ski packing slopes back then.  The Aspen jumper shot appears to be from the top of the Ridge of Bell.  It's narrow there and I think that it is just packed from the traffic. 

 

I am also 95% sure that the picture of Stein flipping is from the base of Highlands. 

post #19 of 29
Thread Starter 

Nice find on the Toni Matt photo.  I saw some of his awards at NE Ski Museum this March.

Here's a shot of USMC packing slopes for 1960 Olympics at Squaw.  If one goes down the rest will fall like dominoes!

d34a8736b9107734_large

post #20 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

To my knowledge, they didn't do any grooming other than ski packing slopes back then.  The Aspen jumper shot appears to be from the top of the Ridge of Bell.  It's narrow there and I think that it is just packed from the traffic. 

 

I am also 95% sure that the picture of Stein flipping is from the base of Highlands. 


There certainly was grooming in the 1960s. I remember the Tucker snocats grooming the local ski slopes here in NH in the 50's. I don't remember seeing any grooming going on at Aspen in the mid 60s but I recall most of the skiers were on the groomed slopes. Even as late as the mid 70s there was quite a lot of untracked powder available there because the majority would not venture off the groomed. Grooming was restricted to mostly novice and intermediate slopes. I remember that at Vail you could get a free lift ticket if you showed up early enough to bootpack. This was the only kind of packing done on the steeper slopes.
 

post #21 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post

Nice find on the Toni Matt photo.  I saw some of his awards at NE Ski Museum this March.

Here's a shot of USMC packing slopes for 1960 Olympics at Squaw.  If one goes down the rest will fall like dominoes!

d34a8736b9107734_large


Oh, Man! that's the top of the Men's Downhill, now called Bower's Rock, the West side of Chimney Chute, Schmidiots Line in the background, Palisades area. How cool is that shot.
 

post #22 of 29
Thread Starter 

more Vintage Life Magazine ski photos of celebrities:

 

Grand Olympic Poobah - Avery Brundage - was once young.  1948 Olympics at St Moritz, SZ

150342083bc68891_landing

 

Early Hollywood actress Norma Shearer and her skis, 1948 Switzerland.  Can you say poser

684fb62a0c717fb2_landing

 

Actor Burgess Meredith, "Rocky Balboa's coach", and wife Paulette Goddard, 1946, St. Moritz

cf3c633986be40d9_landing

 

Extremely cool shot of actor GARY COOPER on left, Aspen 1949.  This guy could ski!

13b4990cb764bb1f_landing

 

 

 

Actress Jayne Mansfield at Squaw Valley, 1960 Olympics.  Kind of an iconic image, prototype '60s blond bombshell turning heads slopeside, even holding lucky toy dog

13f1c5aaba9f8530_landing

 

The inimitable Jean Claude Killy with a ski cam, 1968

204f3ccafb92fd36_landing

post #23 of 29

 

13f1c5aaba9f8530_landing

Great photos.

Do you think the guys are looking at Jayne Mansfield's dog?

post #24 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Girdwoodguy View Post

 

13f1c5aaba9f8530_landing

Great photos.

Do you think the guys are looking at Jayne Mansfield's dog?


There's a dog in that picture? 

post #25 of 29
Thread Starter 

Laurentian rope tow, 1938 cd8ad87bc8d722c8_landing

 

 

Summer skiing Lassen volcano, 1942 897ce0362b43a223_landing

 

 

Debut of Aspen Single Chair, 1947. My how town has grown! 34316c0ded0d6a8e_landing

 

 

 

Sun Valley ski bums, 1950 (very reminiscent of Warren Miller's early days) d2bcfba27f6f75bc_landing

 

 

Boy Scouts at Stowe, 1950, from a marvelous group of photos titled Ski Merit Badge. 09544092f3a2a9d4_landing

post #26 of 29

July 7, 2010

 

Hi Jamesj:

 

If my eyes serve me right, this is a rope tow at Gray Rocks.  The mountain with ski trails on it "skiers left" in the distance, is Mt. Tremblant.  Hopefully, if I'm incorrect, some Bear will catch this and correct me.

 

Think snow,

 

CP

 

938 cd8ad87bc8d722c8_landing

post #27 of 29
Thread Starter 

Very cool identification CP.  Have you ever ridden a rope tow?  At Gray Rocks or elsewhere?

 

Out of curiosity I did a little homework on actress Norma Shearer and may have to amend my wisecrack about her being a poser??

Born in 1902 Montreal, Canada, wife/widow of legendary Hollywood producer Irving Thalberg, nominated five times in the 1930s for best actress Oscar, she won in 1930. In 1942, six years after Thalberg died, she retired and married Sun Valley ski instructor Martin Arrouge. Their marriage lasted until her death in 1983. Shearer was meticulous about her appearance, swam everyday, and dieted religiously. Her daughter headed the Society for Animal Rights in Aspen, Colorado. Her sons-in-law were skier Jack Reddish, actor Richard Anderson, and Aspen mayor Bill Stirling. She was commemorated on a set of postage stamps issued in 2008 honoring prominent Canadians in Hollywood.

Here's a 1948 photo of her and Arrouge in Switzerland. His skis are autographed by Friedl Pfeifer, one-time ski school director at Sun Valley and a key developer of Aspen ski area.

4dbaf8f46d9f0dfe_landing

post #28 of 29

 

July 9, 2010

 

Hi  James:

 

You asked:  "Have you ever ridden a rope tow?".  Would you know that my first ever day of skiing, I was at Liberty, and the beginners area was serviced by a rope tow.  As a rank beginner, I almost had my arms pulled out of their sockets, since I was not familiar with the use of that device.  Also, that same year and a few years after, Wisp also had a rope tow at their beginners area.  Since then, the Wisp beginners area has been developed as their half-pipe terrain park area.  So,yes, I've used rope tows before, at Liberty and at Wisp.  However, when I skied Gray Rocks, they had already installed a giant T-bar, which transported two skiers at a time up the initial section of their 600 vertical hill, Sugar Peak.  Each skier supported their "behind" on one arm of the t-bar.  The spot where you download, is relatively flat, was their ski school meeting place, where skiers stand around and are assigned to ski classes appropriate to their level by the famous SSD Réal Charette, founder of CSIA.  The assignment was done by him and his assistants just by looking at your stance on skis.  No "ski off" was performed (at least the four times I was there).  Usually, the assignment was dead on, although an hour or two into class, ski school supervisors would check each group to ask the instructors if the group "hung" well together and whether any fine tuning was necessary.  After that, a skier stayed with the same class for the week.  I am attaching a more modern version of the black and white picture which you posted, taken from the top of the rope tow (t-bar) unloading area, the ski school meeting area.  You can see in the background, the modern lodge which ski weekers stayed, Lac Quimet and Mt. Tremblant.  For our Northern Bears, I am also including a picture of Réal Charette.  The little badge he is wearing on the middle of his pullover is the Gray Rocks Ecole de Ski crest.  Big guy, more than six feet, 200 plus lbs.

 

Sugar Peak t-bar unloading area.png

 

 

 

Réal Charette.png

 

By the way, examining his skiing, I'm guessing that Gary Cooper is somewhere in the middle of a "Royal Christie" in the shot taken at Aspen 1949.  If so, can you imagine the difficulty of this maneuver on hickory skis that stiff and that long, with soft leather ski boots and bear trap type binidings?  Can anyone confirm that he is pulling a Royal Christie or performing some other maneuver?

 

Think snow,

 

CP

 

ps: can't seem to be able to get the picture of Réal Charette to load.  My apologies.

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post

Very cool identification CP.  Have you ever ridden a rope tow?  At Gray Rocks or elsewhere?

 


Edited by CharlieP - 7/9/10 at 10:28am
post #29 of 29
Thread Starter 

I thought I'd bump this for some more cool, old Life magazine ski photos.  Not sure why some of the photos posted earlier in the thread have disappeared.redface.gif

 

Here is the incomparable Bud Werner at Sun Valley, ID in 1955:

 

Bud with his sister Skeeter, same time frame:

 

Beautiful Olympic hopeful Jill Kinmont, also at Sun Valley in 1955. Her courageous life story was the subject of the film "The Other Side of the Mountain":

 

Sun Valley siesta, undated:

 

Unidentified ladies in a 1961 photo titled Girls Ski Weekend.  Looks like somewhere out West.  Not so much has changed!

 

More ladies on the slopes of St. Moritz, Switzerland, 1947:

 

Ski girls in living color at Aspen, 1971:

 

Guess where Rosie the Riveter spent her weekends during WWII?  Women putting on lotion at Lassen Volcanic National Park, 1942:

 

Meanwhile, 5th Army ski troops in Italy, 1945:

 

More from the 5th Army in Italy, 1945:

 

15 year old Andrea Mead Lawrence and her mom Janet, Pico VT, 1947:

 

Mother Goose skiing class at Mittersill, NH, 1963:

 

 

Heinrich Messner at Sapporo, Japan, 1972.  He took the bronze medal in the Downhill at this Winter Olympics:

 

 

You never know what you'll find in these Life photos, Brad Pitt and Shalane McCall gearing up in 1990:

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: General Skiing Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › Vintage ski action photos from Life Magazine