Sondre Nordheim of Telemark, Norway discovers birch tree roots can be used as heel bindings, allowing skiers to jump and turn for the first time.
TRAIL SKIING ON Mount HOOD A LONG STANDING TRADITION By Lloyd Musser Ask any Mt. Hood skier over the age of 25 to recall a memorable skiing event on Mt. Hood and they likely will recall fond memories of skiing the Glade Trail. Should the skier be older than 50,…Read more
By Lloyd Musser As early as the 1880’s, people were thinking about building LODGES on Mount Hood. In 1889, Wm. Ladd and CES Wood built Cloud Cap Inn. Visitors had to travel by railroad to Hood River, then take a stage coach, via a toll road, to reach this rustic…Read more
1890 Langille brothers skied the north side of Mount Hood to check on the Cloud Cap Lodge. 1903, the Mazamas, a Portland mountain climbing club, tested 10’ long skis near Government Camp and found skiing a good comparison to flying. 1904 Portlanders form the Snowshoe Club: they would use snowshoes…Read more
By Lloyd Musser Is that Mount Hood? How tall is it? Is it going to erupt? These are the questions most often asked by visitors to the Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum. The first two questions are rather easy to answer if one does not deviate from the standard…Read more
Mt. Hood SKI HISTORY TIMELINE
Sondre Nordheim designs first sidecut ski, the “TELEMARK SKI”, a narrow-waisted ski that facilitates turning in soft snow.
Norske Ski Club, Berlin, New Hampshire formed first ski club in America. It is still active today.
Mazamas mountaineering club founded no Mt. Hood.
Mazamas take first Norwegian snowshoe (skis) trip to Mt. Hood. This event sparked the start of Mt. Hood skiing.
Mt. Hood Loop Highway completed after 5 years of planning and 5 years of construction work.
Hood River Ski Club holds cross country ski race from Cloud Cap to Kirby ranch. Race was won by Mark Weygandt, a local mountain guide.
Oregon Highway Department begins to keep the road to Government Camp open in the winter.
First modern downhill race in the U.S. held at Mt. Moosilauke, New Hampshire.
First ski shop in U.S. opened in Boston, by Oscar Hambro of Norway.
Mt. Hood Ski Club formed. This club sponsored ski jumping tournaments at Swim, located on the south side of Multorpor Mountain.
Summit Ski Area built and operated by Advertising Club of Portland; opened with large formal ceremonies on December 11, 1927.
Cascade Ski Club organized; built Multorpor Ski Jump Hill.
Rudolph Lettner from Salburg, Austria invents the steel ski edge.
The first rope tow installed at Gilbert’s Hill, Woodstock, Vermont. Tow rope was attached to rear wheel of a Model T Ford .
Dr. Otto George opens First Aid room in Ski Pole Ski Shop in Government Camp.
Rope tows installed at Summit and Ski Bowl ski areas.
Sun Valley opens the world’s first chairlift, copied from banana lifts used in Central America to load fruit on cargo ships.
Timberline Lodge opens.
North Slope Ski Club builds first ski tow at Cooper Spur. The tow was 150 feet long and had a 50 foot rise.
First U.S. ski patrols established including Mt. Hood Ski Patrol, Stowe Ski Patrol and the National Ski Patrol.
Ariel Edmiston, under the supervision of Otto Lange, starts Timberline Ski School.
Magic Mile chairlift built at Timberline Lodge, as longest chairlift in the world (4950’).
Hjalmar Hvam, a Mt. Hood champion skier, invents the world’s first useful release safety ski binding.
Schnee Voegli Ski Club started by a group of Portland high school boys as a men-only club.
Lower bowl chairlift installed at Skibowl Ski Area with wooden towers.
Portland Junior Chamber of Commerce starts free ski school in effort to reduce ski accidents.
Gary Gast begins Mount Hood Ski School at Ski Bowl.
Howard Head markets the first commercially successful metal ski.
Skiway aerial tram from Government Camp to Timberline Lodge opens.
Skiway aerial tram closes.
Ribblet double chairlift installed in upper bowl at Skibowl Ski Area.
Ski Bowl Ski School established.
Henke Speed Fit buckle boots appear.
Skiyente Ski Club, organized as women’s ski club to actively promote skiing.
Timberline holds first Summer Racing School.
The first useful aluminum ski poles made by Scott.
The first useful aluminum ski poles made by Scott.
Lee Perry organizes first American, Amputee Ski School with Portland Jaycees.
Multorpor Inc. purchases Ski Bowl Ski Area, one ticket can now be used to ski both Multorpor and Ski Bowl Ski Areas.
Lange plastic ski boot commercially available.
The ninth winter Olympic games held in Innsbruck, Austria. Oregonian Jean Saubert ties for second in giant slalom, and places third in slalom. Billy Kidd and Jimmie Heuga become the first American men to win Olympic medals for skiing, being second and third, respectively, in the slalom.
Mount Hood Meadows Ski Area opens.
Snowboarding begins with Jake Burton testing his Snurfer.
Mike Devecka, competed in the nordic combined events in the 1968 Grenoble, France, Winter Olympics.
Timberline Lodge installs Palmer Chairlift, summer racing camps grow in popularity.
Bill Johnson, Cascade Ski Club, wins gold in downhill to become America’s first Olympic downhill champion.
Mt. Hood Academy combines high school academics and serious ski racing.
Cascade Prime Timers Ski Club founded for skiers age 50 and over.
High Cascade Snowboard Camp builds Mt. Hood’s first summer halfpipe.
Palmer Express a quad chairlift, replaces the double chairlift on Palmer Snowfield at Timberline Lodge.
Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum opens.