Fur is also flying about the slopes, according to scattered reports. Eskimo-type fur parkas have been introduced to the U.S. by Andre of New York. Others have circles of raccoon or wolverine framing the hoods of poplin parkas. In New England that old stadium favorite, the raccoon coat, is still a treasured after-ski wrap.
For foresighted economy, ski mothers in the West and in Quebec carefully examine the expensive, European hand-knit sweaters that visiting skiers wear. They particularly note the price, then go home and get out the knitting needles. Soon the whole family is wearing identical sweaters and the kids are easier to spot on a crowded slope.
A lot of the fun of skiing has also gone to the skier's head. William J.'s jersey hoods with animal faces on the back (a pussycat, a monocled owl, a pink elephant) are seen all over, and the hot-rod downhill set is wearing padded Seelos crash helmets. As Correspondent Bob Littlejohn from Stowe advises: "Keep your eye on the girl with the polka-dot Seelos cap."