Friday, March 24, 2023
Home Colorado CO News Vintage Vail Photos Inspire Gift & Experience Ideas

Vintage Vail Photos Inspire Gift & Experience Ideas

Vail Mountain celebrates 60th anniversary with Gray Malin in Vail collection and activations.

By Beth Buehler

Vail Mountain has launched Gray Malin in Vail, the second installment of fine art photographer Gray Malin’s collection celebrating the resort’s 60th anniversary. Following his aerial photo shoot over Vail Mountain’s Legendary Back Bowls and other terrain that was released in last December, Malin recreated iconic 1960s photographs in a modern vintage aesthetic for the latest series.

The Skiers CREDIT Gary Malin

“Looking through the Vail Mountain archives for inspiration, I sourced detailed props and wardrobe from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s to turn back time. The collection was shot entirely on the mountain, from the Legendary Back Bowls to Eagle Bahn Gondola,” Malin says. “This special series is full of apres ski cheer, snowy adventures, and awe-inspiring views that I hope will evoke timeless nostalgia for the alpine lifestyle.”

The series of photographs is available to the public and is being infused throughout the entire resort experience. Vail Mountain is displaying then-and-now images across the mountain and has introduced new guest experiences inspired by the collection. For groups meeting in Vail, it’s a great chance to plug into vintage Vail and find great gifts for meeting and event attendees.

Mountain Picnic Party CREDIT Gray Malin

The on-mountain Bistro 14 restaurant and bar is doubling as a fine art gallery filled with Malin’s aerial and vintage-inspired artwork. After visiting Bistro 14, step outside and bring the apres ski spirit from the early days to life at one of Vail Mountains two new ice bars. The first ice bar popped up on Vail Mountain in 1964 and was recreated by Gray Malin in his new vintage series. After sipping a cocktail and dancing to a DJ, retreat inside of one of four new snow bungalows.

Ice bar at Vail Mountain CREDIT Vail Resorts

Don’t forget to swing by Legacy Hut at the top of Vail Mountain to request a free, postage-paid postcard featuring a Vail Mountain photo by Malin, write a note to someone special, and send from the highest mailbox in Vail.

For a really cool gift for the ski-lovers on your team, consider the limited-edition collection of Icelantic skis featuring Malin’s aerial photograph of the resort’s legendary back bowls. The skis can be purchased at Vail Sports locations and True North, located at The Hythe.

Limited-edition Icelantic skis featuring Gray Malin’s aerial photo of Vail’s Legendary Back Bowls CREDIT Vail Resorts