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Club History

The Calgary Ski Club is an active and well respected member of the Alberta ski community. From its origins in 1920 with Scandinavian ski jumpers in Elbow Park to today's 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. We host the annual Lake Louise Loppet, Western Canada's first citizen cross-country ski race begun in 1952,  and have co-hosted the New and Used Ski Sale since 1963.

Throughout the years, the Calgary Ski club has been involved in:

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

For more information on the Calgary Ski Club we suggest reading:

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...

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