Design & Style

How to Create Your Own Ski Lodge Look

Vintage winter sports gear makes great décor
By Fran Sigurdsson
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Photo by Roger Wade, courtesy of Wilderness Log Homes
Back when lifts were scarce and folks were hardy, skiers hiked to the top of the ski hill. Clad in wool sweaters and stretch pants, Dick Durrance and Betty Woolsey wannabes shouldered hickory “sticks” and climbed the hill. At the top, skiers adjusted cable beartrap bindings to leather boots, pushed off with bamboo poles, and somehow made it back down on glideless wooden bases.
   
Thankfully, those days are gone.
   
But hickory Northlands are still stacked against many a cabin wall today – not to ski on, but rather as décor. These “woodies” are prized collectibles for cabins devoted to snow sports.
   
You don’t have to ski to appreciate the aesthetics of vintage planks, poles and related gear. Even if you prefer reading by the fire to schussing down the hill, you can still evoke a cozy ski lodge with a few well-placed winter sports accessories – from skis, boots and poles to toboggans, snowshoes, ice skates, dogsleds, ice fishing gear, ice boats and more.
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