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    • Calgary Goes Skiing – The History of the Calgary Ski Club

      November 16, 2005

      November 15, 2005
      PRESS RELEASE –For immediate Release

      Calgary Goes Skiing – The History of the Calgary Ski Club
      Published by Rocky Mountain Books, October 2005

      The Calgary Ski Club is pleased to invite all past and present CSC members, as well as the public, to an illustrated talk by noted local historian David Mittelstadt. The author will be pleased to autograph copies purchased during the evening at a special introductory price.

      7:30 pm Thursday November 24 at Rosedale Community Hall, 901 – 11 Ave. NW
      Admission $2              
      Wine & Cheese Reception

      The Calgary Ski Club was instrumental in establishing the sport of skiing in the Calgary-Banff region and the club was an example of the flowering of interest in the sport.

      The book provides a significant contribution to a mostly unexplored aspect of the culture of the Calgary region and successfully accomplishes 3 goals:
      ·         Document the club, its activities, accomplishments and key personalities from inception  to 2000.
      ·         Place the club in the context of the history of skiing in North America and show how it contributed to the establishment of skiing as a sport and industry in the Calgary region.
      ·         Examine the club’s history as a reflection of the history of skiing in the Canadian Rockies.

      While the club was not the only group involved in skiing in southern Alberta, it was one of the most active. The club: 
      ·         Promoted both competitive and recreational skiing. Downhill skiing and Cross country skiing
      ·         Was instrumental in helping to establish early ski hills such as Norquay and Sunshine as well as backcountry lodges such as Assiniboine and Skoki.
      ·         Created the first volunteer ski patrol in 1948 which now functions as party of a national organisation.
      ·         Developed mountain guides and assisted in the construction of Alpine Club huts.
      ·         Was a pioneer in ski racing, hosting Dominion Championships and was involved in early Olympic bids for Calgary and area
      ·         Developed the first Ski Swap in Canada, which became a model for later events in Toronto, Vancouver and elsewhere.
      ·         Encouraged and promoted cross country skiing from the 1960’s and developed groomed trails in Calgary and the mountain parks.
      ·         Was active in lobbying for improved downhill & cross country ski facilities in the Rocky Mountains.

      In addition, the club is at present collecting ski gear of historical significance for future historical displays at the Glenbow Museum and similar locations. Donations of suitable gear are welcomed.

      The Club gratefully acknowledges the generous financial support of the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation in this important research and the publication of the book in October 2005.

      For more information, The public should contact the CSC office at 282-4122 or

      Email to history@calgaryskiclub.org 

      The media may contact Alasdair Fergusson at Tel: 289-0386 or Email to history@calgaryskiclub.org