The Rise of Skiing

December 1, 2007

Three skiers glide across an open slope in the White Mountains during the winter of 1927. AMC played a central role in the 1920s and 1930s in introducing New Englanders to the sport of skiing and became a significant catalyst to the formation and growth of the region’s alpine ski industry.

In the 1920s, club members began to trade their snowshoes in for skis on backcountry outings, and AMC’s first ski trip took place in February 1925. Weekly ski outings were in place by the winter of 1927-1928, when the club also formally added a Committee on Skiing. That ski season also marked the arrival of Otto Schniebs, a certified ski instructor from Germany, who became a ski instructor for AMC and began teaching the Arlberg technique, the now classic form of alpine skiing used today, to members on hills around Boston.

Images seen here appear courtesy of the AMC Library and Archives. Duplicates can be ordered for a fee. Funds support efforts to preserve the club’s historical collections. Contact Library and Archives at 617-391-6629, visit the website, or send an e-mail for details.

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