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Mont-Tremblant, Canada, 1945.
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Mont-Tremblant, Canada, 1945.Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
Mont-Tremblant, Canada, 1945.
For skiing at 40 degrees below zero Blanche [Rybizka] wears a deerhide jacket, a raccoon-edged hood, fur-lined mittens and two pairs of underwear under her trim pants.
Mont Tremblant, Canada, 1945.
Mont Tremblant, Canada, 1945.
Mont Tremblant, Canada, 1945.
Mont Tremblant, Canada, 1945.
Mont Tremblant, Canada, 1945.
Mont Tremblant, Canada, 1945.
Mont Tremblant, Canada, 1945.
Mont Tremblant, Canada, 1945.
Mont Tremblant, Canada, 1945.
LIFE Magazine cover, February 19, 1945
Mont-Tremblant, Canada, 1945.
Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
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Winter Scenes, Winter Fashions: Photos From Canadian Ski Slopes

Feb 17, 2014

In February 1945, LIFE magazine declared Mont-Tremblant, a resort in the Laurentian Mountains 90 miles north of Montreal, the "ski-fashion center of the world." The reasons for Mont Tremblant's surpassing winter-style meccas like St. Moritz and Sun Valley, according to LIFE, were two: "Many of the guests are rich, well-dressed friends of the owner, Joseph B. Ryan, grandson of financier Thomas Fortune Ryan, [and] one of the instructors is a beautiful former model, Blanche Rybizka."

In the midst of one of the snowiest, most unsettled winters in decades, LIFE.com remembers that long-ago issue of LIFE -- and the lovely Blanche Rybizka's singular fashion sense -- with a series of Alfred Eisenstaedt photos of Canadian winter scenery and winter finery.

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