Vintage Skiing Photographs from Toronto

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.

Fred Jackson, with two unidentified men, on skis - vintage skiing photographs
Fred Jackson, with two unidentified men, on skis – 194-?

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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High Park - Star Carnival - ski race - February 13, 1926 - vintage skiing photographs
High Park – Star Carnival – ski race – February 13, 1926
High Park - Star Carnival - ski race copy - February 13, 1926 - vintage skiing photographs
High Park – Star Carnival – ski race copy – February 13, 1926
Humber Golf, skiing, spill, close. - January 10, 1926 - vintage skiing photographs
Humber Golf, skiing, spill, close. – January 10, 1926
Lou and Nat Turofsky, skiing - 193-? - vintage skiing photographs
Lou and Nat Turofsky, skiing – 193-?
Lou Turofsky skiing - 193-? - vintage skiing photographs
Lou Turofsky skiing – 193-?
Lou Turofsky skiing near cabin in woods - 193-? - vintage skiing photographs
Lou Turofsky skiing near cabin in woods – 193-?

Rosedale Golf [Course], general view, skiers foreground - January 7, 1931 - vintage skiing photographs
Rosedale Golf [Course], general view, skiers foreground – January 7, 1931
Rosedale Golf [Course], group of girl skiers - January 7, 1931 - vintage skiing photographs
Rosedale Golf [Course], group of girl skiers – January 7, 1931
Rosedale Golf [Course], skiers adjusting straps January 7, 1931 - vintage skiing photographs
Rosedale Golf [Course], skiers adjusting straps January 7, 1931
Rosedale Golf [Course], three skiers January 7, 1931 - vintage skiing photographs
Rosedale Golf [Course], three skiers January 7, 1931

Ski jump, High Park - February 14, 1914 - vintage skiing photographs
Ski jump, High Park – February 14, 1914
Ski-ing, four girls on running board of car. - January 17, 1926 - vintage skiing photographs
Ski-ing, four girls on running board of car. – January 17, 1926
Ski-ing, four girls putting on skis. - January 17, 1926 - vintage skiing photographs
Ski-ing, four girls putting on skis. – January 17, 1926
Ski-ing, girls fencing on skis. - January 17, 1926 - vintage skiing photographs
Ski-ing, girls fencing on skis. – January 17, 1926
Ski-ing, two girls holding one on skis on shoulders. - January 17, 1926 - vintage skiing photographs
Ski-ing, two girls holding one on skis on shoulders. – January 17, 1926
Skiers in High Park. - [1911?] - vintage skiing photographs
Skiers in High Park. – [1911?]
Skiing, Bond Lake February 28, 1927 - vintage skiing photographs
Skiing, Bond Lake February 28, 1927
Three members of the Toronto ski club in Rosedale Ravine - from left, Norman Smallpiece, R. B. Chillas, & George Vartie(Sec.). - 1908 - vintage skiing photographs
Three members of the Toronto ski club in Rosedale Ravine – from left, Norman Smallpiece, R. B. Chillas, & George Vartie(Sec.). – 1908
Toronto Ski Club, Doug Thornton making turn - January 26, 1930 - vintage skiing photographs
Toronto Ski Club, Doug Thornton making turn – January 26, 1930
Toronto Ski Club, Florrie Walker and Mary Sitwell - January 26, 1930 - vintage skiing photographs
Toronto Ski Club, Florrie Walker and Mary Sitwell – January 26, 1930
Toronto Ski Club, group of girl skiers - January 26, 1930 - vintage skiing photographs
Toronto Ski Club, group of girl skiers – January 26, 1930
Toronto Ski Club, group watching contest - January 26, 1930 - vintage skiing photographs
Toronto Ski Club, group watching contest – January 26, 1930
Toronto Ski Club, Lorraine Lennox, Gordon Lockhart, Edith Lockhart - vintage skiing photographs
Toronto Ski Club, Lorraine Lennox, Gordon Lockhart, Edith Lockhart – January 26, 1930
Toronto Ski Club, skiers going uphill - January 26, 1930 - vintage skiing photographs
Toronto Ski Club, skiers going uphill – January 26, 1930
Woman skiing in Riverdale Park. - [ca. 1913] - vintage skiing photographs
Woman skiing in Riverdale Park. – [ca. 1913]

See more vintage skiing photographs at the Toronto Archives.

 

 

Joel Levy
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