As vintage ski connoisseurs collecting posters for 30+ years, we have seen many styles of ski décor, including art deco, mid-century, modern and more. Plus, coveted, iconic photographs have been restored and are widely enjoyed art posters today.
Our collection includes ski art from limited editions and original prints, to archival quality giclée reproductions that are printed in-house on our professional Epson printer fleet. Additionally, we carry ski wall decor from famous watercolor artists, all the official Winter Olympics posters from 1924 to 2006, and vintage advertisements from ski areas around the world.
Since our ski season came to a screeching halt – to keep everyone healthy and safe – we would like to share and reflect on your favorite vintage ski posters through the years.
Sex sells and Lange jumped on that bandwagon back in the 70s with their four-decade long series of “Lange Girl” posters. Even though a new girl and boot is released every year, your uncontested favorite from our collection is 1972’s “Keep Those Tips Up”. Rumor has it that this was one of the first-ever airbrushed ski images. Some purchase it to have a ‘motivational poster’ in their home or office.
This classic shot was taken in the 1940s at the former Lassen Park Ski Area at Lassen Volcanic National Park, California. Although the lifts were removed in 1993, the area is still popular with Nordic and back-country skiers and receives over 250” of snow on average. The volcano is still active with the last explosive eruption occurring on May 22, 1915. Volcanic ash rained as far as 200 miles to the east.
Competitive ski jumper Rusty Chandler, and local ski racer Jo Semotan modeled for this image taken during the early 70s. Painting Steamboat Spring’s western heritage and famous powder snow, this poster is still in production. It is just as popular a souvenir today as it was 40 years ago. It is one of the best-selling vintage ski posters from the Colorado ski resorts.
This 1978 Lange Ski Poster is another runner-up in our collection for sought after wall décor. The lovely “Warm Inside” Lange Girl comes from the time when the brand trademark was using models and stars in their iconic images. In later years they began using famous skiers, like Julia Mancuso, or elite female athletes in their annual ads.
The character of Alta is captured in this beautiful image from Travis Anderson. Founded in 1938, Alta was home to the second chairlift in the county, which cost .15 cents per ride. Although Alta has expanded greatly over the past 80+ years, they nixed the large resort feel to preserve a no-frills, quality skiing experience. They operate with only 6 strategically placed lifts, leaving skiers to find their own line in the abundant powder. This retro ski poster continues to support Alta’s claim that they have the “Greatest Snow on Earth.”
This 1960s advertisement for Aspen Mountain simply depicts the ski area within their symbol. Aspen was home to the longest chairlift in the world at the time, Lift-1. Around the same time Aspen Skiing Company acquired the newly formed Buttermilk and Snowmass ski areas. It wasn’t until 1993 that Aspen Highlands was acquired to create their signature, single four-mountain resort.
Another classic shot taken in the 1940s at the former Lassen Park Ski Area, which was known for the ‘best spring skiing’ conditions. There was no lift in the early days, and it was quite the athletic feat to skin up the slopes. Thus, skiers were known to be carrying a layer of clothing by the end of their aerobic day. So these skiers are far from the normal dress code for women in the 1940’s. With the enormous snowfall accumulated during the epic 2018-19 season those walls measured 28 feet during the spring snow plowing efforts!
Lou Hechenberger created this art-deco poster in 1938 to show the thrill of downhill racing in Mt. Washington’s Tuckerman Ravine in New Hampshire. This poster is part of a collection from the New England Ski Museum. They have the largest ski history archive on the east coast. Locations in both Franconia Notch State Park and North Conway, NH house these treasures.
Our most popular Olympic Games reproduction poster. The Lake Placid Club, founded in 1895, was originally built for summer sports but later became a winter sports destination. They were selected as the first USA location for the Winter Olympics in 1932. This was also the first Olympics not held in a major metropolitan area. By 1980, the Lake Placid Club again qualified to host the Winter Olympic Games for a second time. This is a rare honor shared only by Chamonix, St Moritz and Innsbruck. The US took home the gold in hockey under the coach Herb Brooks. And the American Mahre brothers both won medals in skiing.
France’s most iconic ski area captured by Francisco Tamagno in 1905, right before the first big winter season of 1906-07. Afterwards the mountains were changed forever with some of the first custom-built tourist attractions including the Montenvers railway in 1908, through the The Flégère cable-car in 1956. For decades this famous French ski poster has brought skiers from around the world to enjoy the thrills of skiing the scenic and challenging terrain of Chamonix. The first-ever Winter Olympic Games were hosted here in 1924.
We hope you enjoyed these posters. Our Vintage Ski Poster Shop is always open on vintageskiworld.com.