Alpine Skiing

A collection of articles covering the history of Alpine Skiing

Dry skiing: Onion grass, seaspray and toothbrushes

Two members of Snow Revellers at Long Reef, 1936 by Wendy Cross The history of dry skiing in Australia is a chequered one, with almost every type of ‘dry’ surface promoted at some stage and new ones invented almost every decade.  Some forms of dry skiing, such as the classes held on grass during the…

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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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Teaching Blind Skiers, 1970

Although this was not the Perisher Range, the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind Ski Club started in 1970. It was arguably the first ski club specifically for the sight impaired in the world.

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Shifty’s Run

Shifty’s Run In 2009 Grant Turnbull, known to many as ‘Shifty’, notched up 50 consecutive winter seasons in the Snowy Mountains. In recognition of his committed service to ski patrolling and ski instruction at Perisher, ‘Shifty’s Run’ has been named in his honour. Grant commenced skiing in 1959 at Charlotte Pass where he stoked the…

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