Sure, ski-town shopping brings with it the opportunity to stock up on T-shirts bearing slogans such as "I'm running out of sick days, so I'm calling in dead. But you could take home something a little more, well, original. We've scoured resort towns for the best souvenirs—be they home décor or just ski-centric eye candy. Here's where to spend your dough off the slopes.
Buy A pair of Lund Imperial skis from 1960: red plastic laminate over wood, 74 inches long, unmounted, in very good condition
Why Vintage skis look great hanging anywhere, but pristine examples are getting harder to find.
Source Vintage Ski World, 416 E. Cooper St.; 970-925-3203;vintageskiworld.com
Also consider Vintage ski boots and poles, as well as racing bibs and pennants, such as a circa-1958 White Stag race bib—ubiquitous at ski competitions during that era
Buy A New Zealand wool throw pillow that depicts a downhill skier in 1950s gear
Why Nostalgia for the space-starved, and hey, it's comfy
Source The New England Ski Museum, next to the tram base at Cannon Mountain; 800-639-4181; skimuseum.org
Also consider The museum's reproduction posters of Cannon, Sugarloaf and Mad River Glen, among other resorts, which recall skiing's heyday and make great ski-condo artwork
Buy A hand-carved Black Forest cuckoo clock, which alternates between playing "Edelweiss and "Happy Wanderer
Why So the sounds of Bavaria can transport you to the Alps, hourly
Source Gorsuch, 263 Gore Creek Dr.; 970-476-2294; gorsuchltd.com
Also consider The Megeve Bench, covered in faux marmot and made with naturally shed antlers—a truly unique piece for the house. The antler-shaped Gstaad silver-plated candelabra is another accent item that can lend ambience to a room.[NEXT]ALTA, UTAH
Buy Ray Atkeson black-and-white photos of Alta from the 1930s through the '50s. These are digital reproductions made from the original negatives, and they come matted.
Why Atkeson was one of the greatest ski photographers ever, and Alta is America's most photogenic powder paradise. A dream team.
Cost 11-x-14-inch prints are $80; 16-x-20-inch prints are $120.
Source The Alta Store, inside the Snowpine Lodge; 801-674-3800; thealtastore.com
Also consider A hand-painted Alta wastebasket, which adds character and class to collecting the trash
Buy Original 1934 poster, "Cortina Neve Sol Sport, designed by artist Franz Lenhart, depicts a child on her sled at Cortina D'Ampezzo.
Why This could be the single finest image from any Italian ski resort, a real treasure for collectors.
Source Christopher & Co. Ltd., E102 Edwards Village Center, Edwards (near Vail and Beaver Creek); 970-926-8191; christopherco.com
Also consider Any of the shop's wide selection of original U.S. and European ski posters, with images from 1900 to the 1980s
Buy A nine-light chandelier, made of naturally shed elk antlers
Why In the right setting—a great room, dining room or high-windowed sitting area—this chandelier will pack a dramatic punch.
Source Flat Creek Crossing, 36 E. Broadway; 800-848-4676; flatcreekcrossing.com
Also consider Smaller pieces that can lend a similar if slightly lessdramatic effect, such as the shop's selection of sconces, candelabras, drawer pulls, coat hooks and outlet plates—all made of naturally shed antlers