EXTRACTS from - "Kiandra Gold Fields to Ski Fields"

"Kiandra - Gold Fields to Ski Fields"

"The first and oldest still existing ski club in the world"
These claims were challenged in 2012 by another author.


Over the years many experts have had different opinions on the subject, but still no club has successfully challenged since Dr. Herbert Schlink claimed for Kiandra in 1931.
Until a club or suportable evidence of another club is produced, Australia is where "identifiable recreational club skiing" began.

In 2005, thirteen pages of primary source research material relating to the Kiandra Snow Shoe Club were forwarded to the Holmenkollen Ski Museum, Norway. Included were the three main factors required to substantiate that the ski club was formed in the summer of 1860/1861.
(a) It could name a group of members (a group being more than a pair).
(b) The named group could demonstrate organisation over a continuing period.
(c) The named group could demonstrate participation for a singular common purpose. Example - Skiing.

On receipt of the documents the Museum sent the file to Professor R. Huntford of Cambridge University for advice and his opinion. The professor wrote several books including "A Cultural History of Snow" "Shackleton" "Scott and Amundsen" "Two Planks and a passion" together with several others. He was Scandinavian Correspondent for the Observer.

The Professor after two months of deliberation sent his report to the Museum. While supporting the Trysil claim, he questioned the validity of rifle clubs being recognized as ski clubs. “Rifle clubs have not previously been considered ski clubs, if they were to be, then Norway could claim ski clubs back to the 1500’s”.

After taking just over six months reviewing all the existing evidence, both for and against the Kiandra claim, the Museum sent a letter and an email dated 22nd June 2006 confirming that the Kiandra club had been founded in 1861.

In view of the above, the World's leading skiing authority for the first time recognised Australia as having a club in 1861.

With an email and Letter of confirmation
Newsflash and 150th Anniversary letter


The only available primary evidence to support any 1861 Norwegian ski clubs
is the following Newspaper article

The extract gives no reference to any ski club, if any ski activity took place it was not until 1862.

Skiloberforening and Central Association.
Sport in Society by H. Meindander -- Ancient Traditions by T. Gotaas.

1st May 1970.Jakob Vaage letter.
"We have one from 1861 Trysil Ski og Skytterklub (Translated to Ski and Shooters Club), This is the oldest ski club in the world as we know. The name was changed to Trysilgutten in 1940.” (Translated to "Trysil Boys Club)
Signed – Jakob Vaage
Curator of the Museum.

The Boys Club,(Extracted from "The Story of the Second World War".

In 1861 this was only one of over twenty military based rifle and exercise associations, which may have held ski training exercises on the 2nd. Winterthing Day in January or February 1862.

Another member of the Central Association having claimed to be an 1861 ski club, was the Inderøens Rifle and Ski Association. It is unknown when this individually unnamed group first under-took skiing exercises. In 1885 members from this group formed the Brigda Ski Club.



Two vidoes produced by "Snow Australia" were gifted to the club to celebrate our 150th anniversary
Skiing Part 1      Skiing Part 2

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