Why "The Death Sport Capital"? If you visit Chamonix, you can participate in:
mountain climbing, extreme skiing, paragliding, rafting, ice climbing, all of which have risks, but the name is still chilling.
Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and you can see by the ruggedness of the mountains, that any of these sports in that area would be a challenge, and not for wimps like me. (I think I would sit in a cafe, have a glass of wine and people watch). The area was also the setting of a James Bond film, The World is Not Enough. To have some idea of why it might be called "The Death Sport Capital of the World," I included a You Tube video link from the movie.
Christie's, the famous auction house, listed this poster in one of their auctions, estimated price, 2 to 3 thousand pounds. Vintage posters are a good investment, especially if you found one or two in a dusty antique store or in a relative's attic.
The artist, Auguste Matisse, (1866-1963) is not well-known.
|Auguste Matisse. Winter Olympics, 1924. Dover Press|