Vintage Skiing Posters From Acclaimed Photographer Ray Atkeson!

This week we’d like to feature one of our favorite artists and photographers Ray Atkeson. Ray Atkeson was taking pictures and climbing mountains as early as 1933. With a terrific eye for composition and beauty rendered in the gray tones of black-and-white fine art printing, he captured sublime photos primarily throughout the Northwest United States. Atkeson received many honors for his work, including Oregon’s Photographer Laureate and induction into the Photographic Hall of Fame. Our posters are an affordable way to enjoy Atkeson’s amazing work.

Check out our selection of Ray Atkeson’s posters below, by clicking on the poster, or visit our vintage ski posters page. (Please note the poster does not actually have the watermark ‘’ on it)



Atkeson Ski Poster of Alf Engen Skiing Powder in Alta, Utah

This stunning poster by famed photographer Ray Atkeson celebrates pioneer powder skier Alf Engen, skiing his beloved powder at Alta, Utah. Of course many know of his connection to Alta and the Alta Ski School that he ran for many years.

The Utah History Encyclopedia reported, “Alf Engen began his impressive professional career by capturing the National Jumping Champion title eight times between the years of 1931 and 1946. Furthermore, at the age of 37 and on borrowed skis, he won the 1946 National Jumping title by leaping 259 feet. He was also the National Classic Champion (cross country and jumping combined) twice during these years in 1939 and 1941. After learning how to downhill ski at the age of 30, Engen became national downhill and slalom champion in 1947.” Size 18 x 24 inches.


Alma Hansen and Mt. Baker, Ray Atkeson Vintage Ski Poster

This powerful image from 1957 was captured by photographer Ray Atkeson.  It shows Alma Hansen standing on a snow covered bluff looking over to Mt. Baker, WA. She probably hiked up with seal skins to this gorgeous spot and is ready for a great run. Though not obvious from this small image, on the bottom of the poster, is written ALMA HANSEN MT. BAKER, WA  1957. Size 18 x 24 inches



Alta and Mount Superior, Ray Atkeson Ski Poster

This stunning poster by famed photographer Ray Atkeson shows Alta and Mount Superior in Utah. In this image it shows ‘Ski Touring’ on the bottom left side of the poster, however, this more recent edition of the poster shows ‘Mt. Superior’ written instead. Size 18 x 24 inches.



Skis Sun, Ray Atkeson Vintage Ski Poster

Classic poster by photographer Ray Atkeson with the silhouette of wooden skis and ski poles in the sun with interesting clouds. Size 18 x 24 inches.



Atkeson Ski Poster of Squaw Valley CA

This Squaw Valley, CA poster by famed photographer Ray Atkeson, features two great Squaw Valley skiers named Stan Tomlinson and Joe Marillac.  Both Stan & Joe have reputations of being awesome off and on the slopes. Both have reams of information written about them and their contributions to skiing through the decades.  For example, Joe received the French Congressional Medal of Honor from General Charles deGaulle for his merits during WWII.
The affable Stan Tomlinson was called ‘the Maestro’ and taught skiing in Squaw Valley for 50 years. Joe Marillac was the Director of the Squaw Valley Ski School for 17 years.  Additionally awesome, Joe Marillac is responsible for getting the 1960 Olympics to Squaw Valley. Size 18 x 24 inches.


Wildcat Alta, Ray Atkeson Vintage Ski Poster

Beautiful poster by Ray Atkeson celebrates Wildcat ski run at Alta, Utah in 1957. Naturally the image highlights Utah’s claim that it has “The Greatest Snow on Earth!” or others boast that Alta has “The Greatest Powder Skiing on Earth!” Size 18 x 24 inches.


What’s your favorite Ray Atkeson poster?  Let us know!

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Vintage Ski World Now Carries Ski Lodge Décor!

Vintage Ski World’s selection of Ski Lodge Décor has been expanded to include a new product line of Hand Embroidered Throw Pillows!

We have searched around for Ski Lodge Decor Throw Pillows that would enhance your cabin, ski lodge or home furnishings. Fortunately, we found a wonderful style of beautiful Ski Related Throw Pillows for you!

Each Throw Pillow is entirely Hand Embroidered on a light tea-color cotton cover that buttons off for cleaning.  Amazingly it can take up to one week to embroider one pillow!  Each Pillow measures 19 x 19 inches and has a down-like polyfill center. The ‘’ watermark is not on the actual pillow.

Vintage Ski World now carries 8 of these beautiful pillows showcasing your favorite ski destinations. Click here to choose your favorite!



Ski Colorado with either Black or Red Velvet Edging Throw Pillow
Let’s go SKIING in Colorado’s Powder!!!
This original design celebrates Skiing in the beautiful State of Colorado.
The embroidered words include: A Basin, Aspen, Beaver Creek, Boulder, Breckenridge, Colorado Springs, Copper Mtn., Crested Butte, Denver, Durango, Keystone, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Purgatory, Snowmass, Steamboat, Telluride, Vail, Winter Park, and Wolf Creek.



Ski Sun Valley Throw Pillow

Skiing in Sun Valley is celebrated in another originally designed Throw Pillow.  Great Ski Lodge Decor pillow that highlights all of the special places and people in and around Sun Valley!

Words include: Ketchum, the Sun Valley Lodge, Mt Baldy, Roundhouse, the 10th Mountain Division, Sawtooth, and Hemingway, to name a few.




Ski Tahoe Throw Pillow

Special Cabin Decor pillow that highlights all of the special places in beautiful Tahoe!

Some names include: Kirkwood, Sierra, Homewood, Heavenly Valley, “Tahoe Jessie”, Tahoe City, North Star, Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley, Sugarbowl, Truckee, Mt. Rose, Incline Village, South Lake Tahoe, Spooner Lk., and Donner.




Ski Utah Throw Pillow

Utah claims the “Greatest Snow On Earth!” This is a great Lodge Decor pillow that highlights all of the special places for Skiing in the beautiful State of Utah.

Some names include: Alta, Beaver Mt, Powder Mt., Solitude, Snowbird, Sundance, Deer Valley, Snow Basin, Brighton, Brian Head, Park City, Salt Lake City, and Helicopter Skiing.




Ski Vail Valley Throw Pillow

Another originally designed Throw Pillow celebrates Skiing in Vail Valley.
This Pillow celebrates all of the special places in and around Vail Valley, like: Beaver Creek, Mount of the Holy Cross, Edwards, Avon, Vail Village, CO Ski Museum, to name some.


Ski Vermont Throw Pillow

Beautiful hand embroidered Throw Pillow,  highlights all of the special ski related places in the beautiful State of Vermont.
This original design includes some names like: Smugglers Notch, Jay Peak, Burke Mtn. Academy, Stowe, Mad River Glen, Sugarbush, Killington, Okemo, Stratton, Mount Snow, Ascutney, the Vermont Ski Museum.




Telluride Throw Pillow

Throw Pillows like this are great accents to Ski Lodge Decor as it celebrates all of the special places, events & people in Telluride!

Some names include: Mountain Village, Palmyra Peak, Gold Hill, Jazz Festival, Nikola Tesla, Bridal Veil Falls, Bluegrass Festival, Popcorn Alley, New Sheridan, San Miguel, St. Pat’s, Mountain Film and Joffrey Ballet.





Would one of these great Pillows bring a smile to your face while couch-surfacing and imagining your next day on the slopes? Share your comments with us below.


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Vintage Sunglasses and Goggles now Available from Vintage Ski World!

All skiers know that their Goggles and Sunglasses are as important as the rest of their equipment. Even in the early days of skiing, measures were taken to protect one’s eyes from the sun, snow glare and weather. Vintage Ski World is proud to offer a number of guaranteed original Bolle vintage sunglasses! Click here to start shopping for your pair of vintage sunglasses.

These vintage Bolle Sunglasses were strongly endorsed by the triple Olympic champion, Jean Claude Killy.  He can be seen wearing them in many of his photos, looking extremely cool with his signature look.

Vintage Bolle SunglassesDecades ago, Jean Claude Killy was the Bolle Sunglasses guy! As the ‘cool’ & good looking triple Olympic Champion, from the 1968 Grenoble France Olympics, Bolle was really pleased to have him endorsing their Sunglasses. 

Vintage Killy Sunglasses


Jean Claude Killy made these sunglasses a ‘must have’ for skiers around the world.  These vintage sunglasses have the classic ‘red, white and blue trim’ around the edge of the frame, which cannot be seen in his photo’s straight on view.


Vintage Sunglasses Killy


These vintage sunglasses were discovered in the warehouse of the original importer, although this actual import from France was made in the 1960’s.  The sunglasses are in their original Bolle packaging too. Endorsed through the years by Jean Claude Killy, the packaging is complete with the Killy sticker.


Vintage Killy Sunglasses


These 1960’s Red, White and Blue Sunglasses were a huge hit at the Ski Industries of America (SIA) trade show in Denver this year. As I, (Richard Allen) wore them around the show, I got lots of attention from everyone, especially the ladies! People were wanting to buy them off my face, but as I only had one pair at the time, all offers were refused.

Fortunately we now have them available for sale at a price way below what I was being offered at the SIA Show.

Additionally, we have found a number of Vintage Ski Goggles – like the 1960’s Cebe Killy Goggles or the 1960’s Paraski Goggles that we now offer for sale. They are both great collector’s items and also fun to wear!

Vintage Goggles1960’s Cebe Killy ski goggles. These classic vintage ski goggles have adjustable air vents to prevent fogging.  The Aspen General Store sold these for about $10.00 back in the day. Cebe was a sponsor of the US Ski Team in the 1960’s.

Vintage Sunglasses


Don’t miss a chance to sport these bubble eyed Original 1960’s vintage Paraski Goggles on the slopes! Your friends will be asking for a pair too. These are also a fun addition to your vintage collection. Each 1960’s original box has a set of Green and Yellow distortion-free lenses.



Do you remember any of these vintage sunglasses or goggle? We would love to hear anything that you have to share about them.

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Lange Soft Inside

Remember the first sexy Lange Girl poster from 1970, called Soft Inside?  It was at the beginning of a long series of memorable Lange Girl posters, which came out every season.

What baby boomer skier doesn’t remember the Soft Inside poster hanging in the local ski shop?  That was before they had to be taken down, due to the threats of sexual harassment law suits, according to info from a ski shop insurance agent, Jake Hoeschler.  Fortunately, Skiing Magazine, and other ski related magazines, sold this poster to skiers for $1 in the early 70’s.  These of course got hung in dorm rooms, garages, and basements.

Now let’s be honest –Soft Inside?  The Lange ski boots were anything but Soft Inside!  They hurt like hell!  It’s no wonder the marketing team pared a bold face lie with a gorgeous model!

Poster of Soft Inside Lange Boots

Because these new plastic ski boots were so cool and high tech, everyone put up with the pain. Including saps like me!

Remember the famous “Lange Bang“?  Everyone who wore these can remember bruising or ‘banging’ their shins with the hard Lange liners.  ‘After ski boots’ were never so popular!  Personally I wonder why Bob Lange wasn’t sued for false advertising.  Maybe it’s because all of us were so seduced by the Lange Girls, plus we hoped to be the ‘coolest’ skiers on the slopes with our new shinny plastic boots.

Click to View/Purchase our Lange Boots

Additionally I must admit that they really helped the skier have a whole new advantage in ‘edge control’.  Therefore, they were used by the famous skiers like Jean Claude Killy.  So all of us as young skiers just acknowledged that it was worth it to suck up the pain, because we skied way better than our peers who were still in the leather boots.

I think the painfully hard Lange boots were that the reason for the creation of the thick padded socks, with inch of foam around the shin area and top of the boots.  I was too cool to wear those socks, but my mom had them and they are still in my collection.

I had the Lange Comp with the yellow liner, which I thought was the coolest color, especially since I had my black Head skis with the yellow bottoms.  What color were your liners?  And I’d love to hear anything you have to say about these boots and posters.

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Pray for snow!

Free Sticker For Your Ski Story!

Let’s Pray for Snow to Ullr!
Ullr is called the ‘Patron Saint of Skiers‘. Ullr is the mythical Norse God of Winter who enjoyed the cold weather and loved traveling throughout the land, gliding along on his skis or snowshoes. He was, in fact, unbeatable on skis, never losing a race. Some believe the Aurora Borealis is the snow flying off the tail of his skis. In Germanic mythology Ullr is the main ski god of the 19th and 20th century. His character helped to establish a feeling of common identity among skiing pioneers in Norway and Central Europe, who prayed to him to ensure the earth would be covered with snow, protecting it from winter’s harm. In the United States, ski towns throw parties and parades in his honor.

Tell us your favorite ‘ski story’ and and we will send you a free Ullr Sticker for your skis, helmet or car. Please call or email us with your address so we can send you your Free Sticker or purchase our Ullr Magnet. Let it snow!

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Happy New Year from Vintage Ski World

Snow Covered Mount Sopris, located right outside of Carbondale CO.

May all have a wonderful Happy New Year! This photo is what we see outside of our office window! Plus we are lucky enough to see many more beautiful mountains, including Mount Daily, Capitol Peak and the tops of the Maroon Bells!
Here’s to an awesome 2012 and a spectacular Ski Season!


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Happy Holiday’s From Vintage Ski World!

We (Richard Allen and Mary Roland) at Vintage Ski World, wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a Merry Christmas.  Thank You for all of your support this year in visiting our site and shopping our web-store.

May you get a chance this ski season, to get out to the slopes and enjoy yourself!

This is our first Blog.  We are excited about the possibilities of how we can communicate with you.  Let us know ways that we can serve you better.  Please share your Holiday ski stories from the past and present, especially the stories that have enlivened your passion for skiing or snowboarding.

We also welcome your questions or comments about the history of skiing.

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