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.

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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The early days

By 1909 the general public’s interest in Mt Kosciusko and the snow saw the NSW Government Tourist Bureau construct the Kosciusko Hotel on the Kosciusko Road at Diggers Creek (the staff quarters remain as “Sponar’s Inn”).   This became a very socially acceptable recreation and groups formed (e.g. Kosciusko Alpine Club) who took block bookings of…

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