|Verbier Vacation: Holiday-makers take the sun on a mountain top in Verbier, 1964.|
I’ve always been enamored with all things après-ski. Not because I’m a great skier (hardly!), but because I adore the glamorous lifestyle the term represents: Alpine slopes, rustic chalets, hot toddies, stylishly-clad skiers, and the sense of promise and relaxation that can only be found on a sporty mountain holiday.
Celebrated photographer Slim Aarons described his photography as capturing "attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places." He also loved skiing and often vacationed with his family in Gstaad, Switzerland. It’s not surprising then that when the sport of skiing became all the rage after World War II, he could be found among the members of high society, shooting the beautiful people at winter resorts from Stowe to St. Moritz.
Curling, circa 1961: Heinrich Dite and Leonie Heller play a variety of curling
in Lech, Austria.
Vermont Winter, circa 1960: Students from Stowe Preparatory School track through
deep snow near Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, Vermont.
From A Place in the Sun
Klosters: Skiers pass by the Hotel Chesa Grischuna in Klosters, 1963.
Apres Ski: A party of skiers adjourn for drinks
at Squaw Valley, CA 1961.
Snow Round The Pool: Bathers having a winter dip in a pool
at Vail, Colorado, March 1964.
Palace Hotel: The Palace Hotel in Gstaad, 1961.
Snowmass Picnic: A stand-up fondue picnic for skiers
at Snowmass-at-Aspen, Colorado which has more than fifty
miles of trails and snowfields. The village was opened in 1967.
A glider takes off from the top of a mountain in Austria as photographed by
Slim Aarons for the January 1981 issue of Town & Country.
Chalet Costi: Skiers outside the Chalet Costi in Zermatt, 1968.
Aren't these images fantastic? Slim Aarons never used stylists or make-up artists on his shoots. Instead, he utilized natural light and let the people and scenery speak for themselves...