Vail 2015: Tommy Bowers Ski

 
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: STOREFRONT OF TOMMY BOWERS SKI; FUSALP JACKETS; ORTOVOX “ROCK & WOOL” SHORT MERINO LEGGINGS; EISBAR SKI HATS; E11 WOMENS “RAPIDE” DOWN VEST

 
Nestled in Solaris Plaza in Vail, Colorado, is one of the best ski shops we’ve ever seen. Everyone knows Moncler, and maybe Authier and Kjus, but Tommy Bowers Ski also carries the most incredible selection of other ultra chic European ski and outdoor brands, rarely seen here in the US. The store is filled with jackets, pants, hats and base layers of French, Italian, Austrian, Swedish, German, and Swiss lines like Fusalp, DuveticaFrauenshcuh,  E11, Ortovox, Eisbar and Kru. While the look is more apres-ski in St.Moritz than rippin’ it up in the Rockies, these are all technical pieces — warm, breathable and weatherproof — and ready to perform if you are!

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AUTHIER JACKET; INSIDE TOMMY BOWERS SKI; MAMMUT, FRAUENSCHUH AND ORTOVOX BASELAYERS

 
Owners Lee Keating and husband Tom Bowers, a former ski racer, are based in Aspen where they also own Performance Ski that carries many of the same brands. If you’re in town for the World Championships or are heading to Vail or Aspen for Spring Break, be sure to check out both shops while you’re there!

 

Vail 2015: World Ski Championships

 
LINDSAY VONN FINISHING A DOWNHILL TRAINING RUN

 
We’re coming to you live this week from Vail/Beaver Creek, Colorado where the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships are under way. Next to the Olympics, this is skiing’s premier event, with the Downhill, Super-G, Giant Slalom, and Slalom races all happening from February 2-15. The last time the World Championships were held in the US was also right here back in 1999. Every major champion skier is in town like Americans Lindsay Vonn (home town favorite), Bode Miller, Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety, along with Austrians Marcel Hirscher and Anna Fenninger, Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud, and Frenchman Alexis Pinturault, among many more of the world’s best.

The town is buzzing with excitement, filling the stands of Red Tail stadium, constructed at the finishes of the legendary “Birds of Prey”, where the men are racing, and “Raptor”, making its World Championship debut as the new women’s speed course. There are free concerts every night at the Solaris in Vail, where the medals, opening, and closing ceremonies are taking place. It’s one big party! Spectating at all events is free and open to the public.

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CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: CANADIAN PRO RACER MARIE MICHELE GAGNON; HAVING FUN CHECKING OUT MY NEW SMITH I/O 7 GOGGLES & VANTAGE HELMET; TIGER WOODS IN THE CROWD CHEERING ON GIRLFRIEND LINDSAY VONN; SAFETY NETS LINING THE COURSE; BODE MILLER’S CRASH IN THE MENS SUPER-G; A PACKED HOUSE AT RED TAIL STADIUM

 
THE RACES: The Womens Super-G was raced on Tuesday and won in thrilling style by .03 seconds on a course shortened at the last minute by 650 feet due to winds and snowfall. 2014 Olympic Champion Anna Fenninger of Austria took gold, Tina Maze of Slovenia won the silver by .15 seconds, and Lindsay Vonn took the bronze.

The Men’s Super-G was no less dramatic Thursday, with a gut wrenching crash by American Bode Miller, who was making his first appearance after back surgery. Laying down a run which was the fastest of the day up until that point, he nipped a gate and was sent spinning and sliding down the course, severing his right hamstring tendon. While possibly career ending, he tweeted after surgery “Feeling lucky since things could have been way worse.” Austria’s Hannes Reichelt was the fastest of the day, followed by Canada’s Dustin Cook, and Adrien Theaux of France.
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