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Club History

From its origins in 1920 with Scandinavian ski jumpers in Elbow Park to todays recreational ski club, the Club's history is the story of the city's ski pioneers who helped establish the sport in Calgary and in Banff National Park. CSC is active and well respected in the Alberta ski community. We host the annual Lake Louise Loppet, Western Canada's first citizen cross country ski race since 1952 and have co-hosted the New and Used Ski Sale since 1963.The Calgary Ski club has been involved in:

  • Ski jumps in Elbow Park, 1920's
  • Ski trains to Banff, 1930's and 40's
  • Early days at Norquay and Sunshine, 1930's and 40's
  • Backcountry skiing at Skoki Lodge, 1930's
  • First National downhill Ski Championships in the west, 1937
  • Creation of the ski hills at Shaganappi and Bowness, ancestors of todays Canada Olympic Park, 1950's
  • Western Canada's first volunteer Ski Patrol, 1940's
  • Canada's earliest training programs for ski guides, 1950's
  • Advocacy for better ski facilities, 1960's and 70's
  • Construction of backcountry huts with Alpine Club, 1960's
  • The New and Used Ski sale, 1963 to present day
  • The Lake Louise Loppet, Western Canada's first citizens cross country ski race, 1970's to present day
  • Created and maintained ski trails at Lake Louise, 1979 to present
  • Volunteers and staff from CSC at Calgary Olympic Games, 1988
  • Created and maintained ski trails at Shaganappi Golf Course for city of Calgary, 1993 to present

For more information on the Calgary Ski Club you may read:

Calgary Goes Skiing - A History of the Calgary Ski Club
by David Mittelstadt

Published in honour of CSC's 50th anniversary

ISBN 1-894765-65-6

Available at: Amazon, AbeBooks, and more...