Blue Mountain Ski Club records, 1961-1984

Overview of the Collection

Blue Mountain Ski Club
Blue Mountain Ski Club records
1961-1984 (inclusive)
0.4 linear feet, (1 box)
Collection Number
The Blue Mountain Ski Club was an amateur ski club founded in 1938. The collection consists largely of the financial, membership, and competition records of the club.
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Penrose Library, Room 130
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA
Telephone: 5095275922
Fax: 5095264785
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Blue Mountain Ski Club was founded in 1938. Its members hailed from southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon and included faculty and administrators at Whitman College. The club first skied in Tollgate, Oregon (1938-1946) and later moved to the Spout Springs Ski Area in the Umatilla Forest. The club was a non-profit organization that sponsored ski competitions from the 1950s to the 1970s and contributed to the construction of downhill ski infrastructure, including a rope tow (1940s) and T-bar ski lift (1959) at Spout Springs. While club members were active throughout the 1960s and 1970s, interest in the club dwindled by 1980. In 1983, members discussed the legal dissolution of the Blue Mountain Ski Club and donation of its assets to Whitman College to fund the Outdoor Program. On March 8, 1984, the organization was dissolved.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists largely of financial, membership, and competition records. Financial records include federal tax returns from the 1960s and 1970s and handwritten annual financial statements from the same period. Membership records include the names, addresses, and dues paid by members from the late 1960s through the mid 1970s. The earlier of the two membership books contains board meeting minutes from 1971. Competition records include participant lists, time sheets, and results of Nordic and downhill ski races held in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The remainder of the collection includes an annual schedule of events for 1961-1962, records regarding the dissolution of the club, promotional brochures for Spout Springs, and the 1973 Pacific Northwest Ski Association Articles and Bylaws.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Whitman College and Northwest Archives by Mel Haas in August 2005. The accession number is 2005-011.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Competition Records 1967-1973
1 2 Dissolution Records 1983-1984
1 3 Federal Tax Returns 1964-1980
1 4 Financial Statements 1968-1978
1 5 Membership Book 1968-1974
1 6 Membership Book 1974-1978
1 7 Pacific Northwest Ski Association Articles and By-Laws 1973
1 8 Patches Undated
1 9 Schedule of Events 1961-1962
1 10 Spout Springs Brochure 1968, undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Skis and skiing