Valley Retreat proudly sponsors the Revelstoke Ski Club, which claims the prestige of being the oldest ski club in British Columbia with sustained membership as far back as 1891. (Rossland is known to have organized earlier but was inactive for a period).
An early photo bearing the 1891 date, with Revelstoke Ski Club scrawled on the verso, is our club’s first proof of existence. This same photo of 6 skiers with “odd looking contraptions tied to their feet” was the same image displayed on the sweatshirt sold a few years ago. Period news articles referred to the footgear as Norwegian snowshoes. Revelstoke’s ‘official’ club status is argued to have been documented on Dec. 12th 1914.
It was in this year that the club rose to ski sport prominence by hosting tournaments attracting over 2000 spectators, many arriving in special trains from Vancouver.
Membership rose from 23 to 300 by the 1920’s when the ski club graduated into the big time. It was the largest ski club in Canada in 1915 and Revelstoke was the “Capital of Canada ’s Alps .” The cream of ski jumping from all over the world accepted invitations to try the big jump in Mount Revelstoke National Park .