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Calendar girls

KIMBERLY NICOLETTI
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The women of the Breckenridge Ski Patrol wanted to produce a calendar, reminiscent of vintage ski posters – just with a little more nudity.

Their classy, partially nude photos grace the pages of their 2010 calendar, available this month at Breckenridge Ski Area, local businesses and online. Sales benefit Breckenridge Ski Patrol training programs, Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) and Mountain to Mountain.

The photos feature the ladies enjoying their favorite outdoor activities, such as biking, boating and swimming in a river. And the depictions are long on shapely legs, portrayed in sepia.

“This is a calendar that any of us could show to our mothers,” said patroller Tracy Rameil.

Measuring 11-by-17 inches, the calendar isn’t your usual write-in-soccer-dates-and-birthdays kind of thing. Rather than offer a traditional grid showing days of the month, the entire layout features the women’s photos, making it more a work of art than anything. Dates run down the side of the photos, streamlined and sleek.

This year’s calendar follows the women patrol’s first one, released in 2007. However, that one was a little funky, in that it was conceived spur of the moment, to support CAIC, which patrol uses every day for avalanche forecasting information. The calendar ran from April 2007, to August 2008 because a fundraising event took place in April, and 16-18 women wanted to participate in the project, hence the odd “calendar year.” The women posed in a studio with patrol props and presented the photos in black-and-white.

This calendar took a bit more forethought, since all of the shots are outdoors. Planning began in April, waned a bit through the summer, and revved back up in September. Once Rameil finished shooting (all but the photo of herself), Katharine Nelson fixed unwanted advertising on props or errant twigs in the photos (note: She left the women bare – no airbrushing here). Laura Hudson, whose husband, Burl, worked on ski patrol for 13 years, laid out the calendar.

“The images are so strong and dynamic,” Hudson said.


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