Development of Skiing

Skiing in Australia commenced at the Kiandra goldfields in 1861.  Miners from overseas introduced the knowledge and techniques of ski or "snowshoe" construction to others during the Winter of 1861.  This was a particularly harsh winter and many up to 10,000 miners had left for easier pickings elsewhere.  Those that stayed on amused themselves by skiing straight down the local "Township Hill".  Over the years this developed into one on one drag-racing in a knock-out format to achieve an ultimate winner.

The KAC Cross Country Race

Start of the KAC Martini Race in Perisher Valley 1974 The KAC is one of the largest cross-country ski races in NSW. The race route, from Perisher Valley to Charlotte Pass Village, traverses 8km of gently undulating terrain through magnificent scenery. HISTORY In 1972 Ross Martin wrote to the Club Captain of Kosciusko Alpine Club, Geoff Nott,…

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Smiggin Holes Ski Patrol

By Pat Edmondson The Smiggin Holes Ski Patrol is inexorably tied to the Illawarra Alpine Club.  This profile of the Smiggin Holes Ski Patrol is taken as published from “Silver Tracks” the history of the club published on the club’s 25th anniversary.

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Perisher Cup Results

Perisher Cup Langlauf 1968 History of the Perisher Cup Since the early 1950’s the ski clubs in Perisher Valley have organized and run the Perisher Cup.  It is a team event consisting of three activities – a slalom race, a jump and a cross country relay.  Each of the four person team competes in all…

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Perisher Instructors, 1966

 The Ski School staff at Perisher. Perisher Instructors 1966 Front row L-R: Franz Pichler, Christine Smith, Adam Zapenski, Unknown, Sigi Draxl, Second row L-R: Billy Dittmar, Johnny Destefanis, Unknown, Andre Papp Third Row L-R: Jimmy Machado, Unknown, Peter Ruschp, Fourth row L-R: Unknown, Unknown Fifth row: Uwe Boehm

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Frozen Lessons

This small handbook of ski technique was published by the Kosciusko Alpine Club in 1936. It was prepared by Bob Ward and Arthur Stone with the help of Ernst Skardarasy. Skardarasy was from Austria and arrived at the Kosciusko Chalet for the 1935 season as a ski instructor. The handbook was a great success and…

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Smiggins Ski School 1964

L to R: Leo Jaeggli, Billy Dittmar, Paul Keller, Karl Hochstel, Ludwig Kurz, Graham Bookalill, Rosli Stucki, Roger Staub (Ski School Director) Roger Staub was the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympic Gold Medal winner in Giant Slalom.  In 1974 he was killed testing a ski gliding kite near Verbier on the eve of his 38th birthday. Staub, Stucki,…

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