HR&J received this nice email from Sally back in June of 2012 and of course accepted her photos with great pleasure and thanks. The three photos she sent are dated into the early 1940's at the Fort William Ski Club, later known to be the Mount McKay Ski Area.
I felt it would be a good time to do a post using her photos since the weather here has been in the -20's F. for the past few days and reminded me of the 1950's where I spent most of my winter weekends skiing in the brutal cold weather....but never noticed how cold is was because we were enjoying our skiing so much.
"Hello. My step father used to talk about skiing and ski jumping back in Fort William. This probably was in the early 1940’s. His Name was Ev Clift and he passed away in 2002. Last year my Mom passed away and now I've been looking through pictures. I have one of the ski hill way back in the days Ev was there. I don't want to throw it away so was wondering if you would like it. If you would please send me your mailing address and I will send it to you. Sally Smaha"
|This article was written just a couple of years before the pictures below existed. Click on all the pictures once or twice to enlarge them to full screen.|
This is what the equipment would have looked like back in the 1940's and into the 1950's. The skis were wood with no steel edges and the poles were bamboo. The square toe boots on the right were very common and a style that lasted well into the 1950's. The picture of the couple here shows some of the ski apparel that was worn then.....wow how things change over time.
|This is how progressive the Mount McKay Ski Area looked just before it finally was closed.|
Click on all photos for enlargements.
The Dominion Ski Championships were held on February 19th and 20th here at the Fort William Ski Club back in 1949. Many skiers from the Nordic, Downhill and Jumping divisions here in Fort William went on to Olympic Status putting Fort William and Port Arthur on the map.
Click on this link for more on the Mount McKay Ski Area on this blog, then return http://hotrodsandjalopies.blogspot.ca/2010/01/need-for-speed-in-winter-in-fort.html
Many thanks again to Sally for the great photos.
The Port Arthur Ski Club later to become the Mount Baldy Ski Area, just east of Port Arthur Ontario is the oldest club that still exists here in the Thunder Bay Area.