In 1807, President Thomas Jefferson passed the Embargo Act, prohibiting trade with Great Britain and Canada. This made things very difficult for local Vermonters, who began smuggling goods back and forth with Canada through a natural-made pass in the mountains—hence "Smuggler's Notch".
Over one hundred years later, Marion Post Wolcott photographed the adventuresome skiers who made their way up Mount Mansfield and the Sterling Range. Though the area would not become a resort until 1956, locals had been enjoying the slopes for decades prior. Shot in 1939, Skis outside of tollhouse at the foot of Smugglers Notch exudes the allure of après ski.
Skis outside of tollhouse at the foot of Smugglers Notch nails our ideal après-ski ambiance, plus seasonally apropos outdoorsy inspo. This is a charmingly classic ski lodge scene, a seemingly small, shingled structure with a rustic wooden door and plenty of windows for partaking of the view. The slanted roof is rimmed in slender, glistening icicles, like diamonds around a grand dame’s neck. Post-Wolcott included a sliver of the picturesque panorama in her composition, at right. This contextualizes her subject while keeping the viewer firmly grounded beside the building, as if we’ve just schussed up ourselves. The clarity of the view and bright white tones suggest a sunny day, warm enough that you won’t freeze but cold enough that the snow isn’t slushy—quite possibly the perfect skiing conditions. A dozen or so sets of skis slump outside. Is this a midday break, a moment to thaw between runs while cupping a mug of hot cocoa? That you can’t see inside leaves just enough up to the imagination to totally enchant ... Read more on the blog!
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