I’m thrilled to share the cover of this week’s New Yorker Magazine. It features a brilliant illustration, dubbed “Fresh Tracks,” by German artist and designer, Birgit Schössow. The work shows an early-bird skier carving across the pristine white page. In doing so, she reveals a trail of words under the surface. The image is compelling for both its purity – so rare in magazine cover art – and its clever suggestion at the contents within. “Fresh Tracks” simultaneously appeals to snow junkies and literary geeks. Bravo Birgit!
source: The New Yorker
written by: Nancy H.
In Search of Snow is a beautifully done promotional video for Bentley Motors. The short is an unexpected pairing of big mountain skier Chris Davenport with the luxury car brand, but it works – from the black & white filming to his evocative narrative. Davenport and his photo friend test the all-wheel drive capabilities of the Bentley as they tour the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado in search of snow and extreme terrain. There’s no question when Davenport says that the journey, adventure and discovering things about yourself is “what we live for.”
source: Bentley Motors
posted by: Nancy H
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Bergisel Ski Jump designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. In 1999, the firm won an international competition sponsored by the Austrian Ski Association and completed the structure three years later. Situated on Bergisel Mountain, ski jumpers take flight with downtown Innsbruck in the background. On the flip side, the striking tower provides a recognizable landmark from the city streets below. It was built as part of a larger initiative to revitalize the Olympic complex and bring the jump up to international competition standards.
The building program combines specialized sports facilities, offices and public spaces, including a café and viewing terrace. At 90m length and 50m height, the building is a unique structural hybrid – part tower and part bridge. For ski enthusiasts and tourists alike, the glass enclosed restaurant provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.
source: Zaha Hadid Architects
posted by: Nancy H.
Anon’s new “magna-tech” m1 goggles, recently presented at the SIA snow show in Denver, could quite possibly revolutionize the way we protect our peepers on the slopes. The lenses are attached to the frame via built-in magnets. The m1 does away with the need to stop the action and dissect your equipment back at the lodge. Imagine swapping out lens tints from blue bird to flat light to night session without even removing the goggles from your face. This seemingly simple concept leaves us wondering why anyone didn’t think of it before.
Look for Anon’s m1 goggles, along with a range of tints, to hit ski and snowboarding stores in the Fall of 2012.
via: designboom. source: Anon
posted by: Nancy H.
Audi just unveiled the new Audi Q3 Vail at this year’s Detroit Motor Show. As a variation on the SUV crossover concept, the premium vehicle has been designed to target a younger generation of winter sports enthusiasts who love skiing or snowboarding. The vibrant red car boasts a sporty design (evident in the sloped tail), carbon fiber roof rail support specifically for sports gear and a Thermos compatible cup holder to keep beverages warm or cold. There is also an interior charging station for flashlights. The lights contain an infra-red heating element that can also be used to warm gloves. Anyone (like me) who has had to slip his or her feet into stone cold boots will appreciate this feature.
Until recently, the car was only slated for European and Asian release. American dealers were so enthusiastic for the concept, the German automaker felt obliged to import the Q3 Vail to the States. Europeans will see the SUV on their roads later this year. The U.S. timetable will lag approximately eight to 12 months and come with a potential price tag in the mid-$30,000s.
source: Digital News Agency, NYTimes.com
posted by: Nancy H.
If you’re looking for a place to rest your head during the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, look no further than the new Washington School House Hotel in the heart of Park City, Utah. This stunning historic landmark recently opened after an eight month gut renovation of the town’s 1889 limestone schoolhouse.
Meticulously restored and upgraded, the interior features beautiful reclaimed oak barn wood floors, locally quarried Utah quartzite, and ice-white marble and heated floors in the baths. Guests will appreciate the curated collection of European antiques, vintage modern paintings, crystal chandeliers, silver flatware and serving piece as a welcome respite from standard mountain town decor.
The former school’s belfry makes a perfect beacon as the hillside heated pool calls for a little après-ski unwind. Let the ski valet take care of the rest. Or, if you prefer, engage in post-film dialogue in the spacious fireside lounge over organic culinary dishes courtesy of the private chef.
There are seven rooms and five suites in all, just enough to accommodate your entire entourage – or not. Rates from $700 per night. Washington School House Hotel, Park City, UT. 800-824-1672.
posted by: Nancy H. exterior photo (top) by: Michael Spengler, PRNewsWire
The Gold Pass, offered by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation, is the ultimate lift pass that grants unlimited, fully transferable access to over 250 ski and snowboard resorts across the United States. The pass, minted exclusively by Tiffany & Co might weigh you down on the slopes, but it will certainly provide U.S. athletes a big lift.
Your $10,000 contribution ($8,500 of which is tax deductible) will support skiers and boarders in the continued domination of their respective sports. It will also give them an opportunity to train with top coaches, compete at top competitions (on their way to Sochi in 2014) and have access to the world’s best in sport science, education and medicine. USSA Foundation
posted by: Nancy H