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Timeline history of the Ski Club

A detailed rundown of the history of snowsports and also the Ski Club of Great Britain


Here is a detailed rundown of the history of snowsports in general and also the Ski Club. These events have shaped the modern ski world and made your club what it is today

Skiing and Snowboarding Events


  The Ski Club Of Great Britain Events

2500 BC - The Rodoy Carvings above the arctic circle in Norway show a man on long runners with a hunting implement.


1000AD - First written account of skiing ‘The Viking Sagas’



1206 - Norwegian civil war – 2 scouts carried the infant heir to the throne 35 miles on skis. The ‘Birchleg Race’ commemorates this.



1523 - Gustav Vasa made a trip on skis in Sweden to raise an army against the Danes. The Vasaloppet Cross Country race honours this.



C18 and C19 - the Norwegian and Swedish armies used skis for winter warfare. They had 2 skis one long ski for gliding, the shorter one (ardour) to brake and climb which skins could be applied to.



Late 1830s - skis introduced to USA by Scandinavian immigrants in the upper Midwest.



1840 - The Norwegian army began to hold cross-country ski races.



1868 - Sondre Norheim ‘Father of Modern Skiing’ broke all the jumping and cross-country records at a tournament in Christiana ( Oslo). He added a willow strap around the heel and contoured his skis to have a slight waist in the middle. The new techniques were called ‘Christiana’ and ‘Telemark’.



1874 - Tommy Todd first unofficial speed record of 85 miles per hour



1882 - First Hickory Ski – thinner more flexible ski.



1893 - H. M Christiansen built first 2-layered laminated ski





1903 - Ski Club of Great Britain was formed

1905 – French Army produced first Telemark Ski at Briancon.


1905 - The Ski Club Year Book was started



1912 - notice sent from the Ski Club to hotels in the alps about the danger of avalanches

1920s – early snowboards were reported


1920 - post WWI the Ski Club became active once more



1921 - Arnold Lunn organised the British National Ski Championships at Wengen
The Ski Club persuaded Zermatt, Wengen and Murren to use their railways in winter - the first ski lifts



1922 - Arnold Lunn set up the first modern slalom in Murren

1923 – The Ladies Ski Club was founded
the oldest ski museum Skimuseet i Holmenkollen opened in Holmenkollen



1924 – The Kandahar Ski Club was founded
the International Ski Federation (FIS) set up, first Winter Olympics were held.





1925 - Development of services for members, introduction of snow/weather reports in the National Newspapers



1926 - Ski Club sent an appeal for downhill and slalom racing to be recognised.

1928 – British rules for downhill and slalom provisionally approved by FIS
Rudolph Lettner of Salzburg introduced segmented steel edge for skis
Aluminium ski prototyped in France.


1928 - First Ski Club Reps sent out to the Alps.



1929 - The Pery Medal was announced for the most notable contribution to skiing.



1930 - FIS accepted the Ski Club rules for slalom and downhill.



1931 - Ski Club organised first World Downhill and Slalom Championships at Murren

1932 - Bjørn Ullevoldsaeter invented the first successful 3 layer ski





1936 - Arnold Lunn persuaded the International Olympic Committee to include downhill and slalom.

1939 – film showing Vern Wickland riding a primitive snowboard down a Chicago hill.





WW2 - the yearbook continued to be published

1944 - Cellulix, the first cellulose plastic bottom, for Dynamic skis in France





1945 - Ski Club moved from Hobart Place to 118 Eaton Square



1948 - Donale Gomme a member produced the Gomme - it had 3 different material layers

1949 - Howard Head's plywood-core, pressure-bonded aluminum Head Standard with continuous integral steel edge the most commercially successful early metal ski.



1955 - Kofler introduced the first polyethylene base.



1959 - Fred Langendorf and Art Molnar, in Montreal invented first successful plastic fiberglass ski.





1963 - 1 st Reps Course held in Sauze d’Oulx

1964 – Sherman Poppen built the first snowboard, ‘Snurfer’ 1.20m long plastic plank: two kids' skis bolted together, a present for his daughter Wendy - went into production in 1965


1964 - The Ski Club helped found the National Ski Federation of Great Britain.

1970 – Dimitrije Milovich formed ‘Winterstick’ the first snowboard company, the first models had steel edges



    Early 1970s - first Ski Club holidays for families



1972 - The Yearbook became Ski Survey

1976 – Winterstick made the first swallow tail board





Mid 1970s - Family Holidays were called Skiing Parties with a Purpose.

1977 – Jake Burton founded his own company ‘Burton Boards’ in Vermont. The ‘Snowboards’ were flexible wooden planks with waterski bindings and cost $38.





Late 1970s - introduced adult and over 50s holidays.

1977 – Tom Sims a former skateboard champion started to produce snowboards.



1977 – Bob Webber developed the famous Yellow Banana’ board made of polyethylene.



1979 – Paul Graves at the annual Snurfer contest in Michigan produced 4 sliding 360s and a front flip



1979 – First Half Pipe was found at Tahoe City





1980s - improved ski holidays for the British and formed the Information Department

1984 – James Bond rode an early snowboard in ‘A View to a Kill’ Tom Sims was the stuntman.



1985 – Jose Fernandes (Switz) first European snowboarder to compete in the USA
‘Absolutely Radical’ the first published snowboard magazine
Return of the steel edge to snowboards



1987 – European manufacturers designed asymmetrical boards
1st Snowboard World Championships in Europe at Livigno and St Moritz.



1988 – Peter Bauer won the 1 st International Snowboard World Cup.



1990 - Elan and Kneissl built prototypes of deep-sidecut "shaped" skis – the start of the carving revolution
The ISF was founded.





1995/6 - launched the first wintersports website



1996 – Incorporated Freshtracks into the holidays programme.



1997 - Ski Club moved from Eaton Square to Wimbledon Village
Ski Survey became Ski and Board

1999 – World Snowboard Speed Record of 201.907km/h set by Darren Powell in Les Arcs


1999 - Ski and Board was redesigned



2000 - became an interactive site



2004/5 was redesigned
Ski Club Holidays was re-branded as Ski Freshtracks



2005 - New green and grey jackets for Ski Club Reps after 12 years of blue and yellow.



2006 - The Ski Club launched, the first dedicated snowsports online TV channel.

    2010 - The Ski Club launches its new brand identity including a fresh logo and a modernised website. This is one of the biggest changes to the Ski Club in 25 years and marks the beginning of an exciting new phase. 

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