Today, skiing downhill in Toronto is limited to Earl Bales and Centennial park. Much like tobogganing, skiing and snowboarding has been banned from many downhill locations that people used to enjoy. Cross country skiing can still be done, and is, in many parks, valleys and trails across the city. On my most recent visit to the Toronto Archives, I found these vintage skiing photographs of people enjoying our city on skis and thought I would share them with our readers.
It is interesting to note the fashions that people wore while skiing. As such a specific attire today, noting the differences can be fun and interesting. There are a lot of people wearing collared shirts, buttoned up with a tie. Interesting ski attire indeed.
The ski equipment is also worth examining. Why were the ski poles and baskets so big?
From these photos, I also learned that the Toronto Ski Club was formed in 1924 and by 1940 was the largest local ski club in the world, with over 7,000 members.
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