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Calgary Ski Club fonds


Physical Description:
7.8 m of textual records. -- 80 photographs. -- 8 posters

The Calgary Ski Club was formed in Calgary, Alberta in the early 1930s with John D. Southam, Allan Carscallen, 1907-1995, Charlie Michener, Dudley Batchelor, Jack Farish and Gordon Moody as founding members. It was incorporated in 1935 with Southam as president. The club's early programs were restricted to alpine skiing which mainly took place in the Mount Norquay and Mount Assiniboine areas. Ski buses and trains to Banff were arranged, and races and ski lessons promoted. A social program including an annual dance was also instituted. The club affiliated with the Canadian Amateur Ski Association in its early years. Competitive skiing became a facet of the club's programs such as co-sponsoring the first Dominion Championships in 1937 and 1940, and the Canadian Ski Championships in 1948. Membership expanded greatly after the Second World War. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s programs included Saturday day trips to Norquay and elsewhere. By the early 1970s membership had seriously dwindled. To increase membership the club developed an extensive social program to recruit young single adults, and added cross country skiing, hiking and canoeing programs. However by 1976 the club was in danger of being a social club only, therefore sports and skiing programs were reemphasized and membership limited to 1000 members. By the early 1980s sporting and skiing activities were well attended. The club is a member of the Calgary Area Outdoor Council. For further information see Alasdair Fergusson's article, "Wooden Skis and Memories : The History of the Calgary Ski Club" in Calgary Outdoors. -- vol. 1, no. 1, (Fall 2003), p. 15; and Calgary Goes Skiing : A History of the Calgary Ski Club / David Mittelstadt. -- Calgary : Rocky Mountain Books, 2005.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of constitution, incorporation documents, and bylaws (1935-1975); minutes (1944-1977); financial records (1942-1978); membership lists (1944-1979); annual reports (1964-1975); correspondence; insurance records; program records; social committee records; news releases; newsletters; and newsclippings. Includes 1983 manuscript "The First 25 Years of the Calgary Ski Club, 1935-1960" by Cam Mitchell and research materials and interview transcripts used in its preparation. Also includes posters, and photographs of club members and activities (ca. 1970s).
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING RECORDS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: SKI AREAS: Big White, Fernie, Fortress Mountain, Kimberley, Lake Louise, Marmot Basin, Panorama, Paskapoo, Silver Star, Sunshine Village, Terratima and Westcastle. PEOPLE INTERVIEWED: Allan Carscallen, Bruce Compton, Jack Farish, Ozzie la Rue, Bill Milne, Cam Mitchell and Dave Spence. OTHER TOPICS: Canadian Ski Patrol, Canadian Youth Hostels Association, Foothills Nordic Ski Club, Foothills Ski Club, Petroleum Ski Club, and Skirac Club.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Calgary Ski Club, Ethan Compton and Cam Mitchell, 1979-2016.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-2166, M-5766, M-8092, M-9064, M-9503, M-9756, PA-2351, PA-3903, PC-193, S-84

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