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TITLE
Skiing in the Cairngorms
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0070
PLACENAME
Cairngorms
DISTRICT
Badenoch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS
PERIOD
1960s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31958
KEYWORDS
postcards
ski-ing
skis
Skiing in the Cairngorms

This postcard from the 1960s shows skiers on Cairngorm, a few miles from the Highland village of Aviemore.

In 1904 members of the Scottish mountaineering club tried skiing on Ben Nevis and shortly after the Scottish Ski Club was formed, although skiers were more interested in cross country rather than downhill skiing. During World War II British troops based at Forest Lodge, Abernethy and Glenmore Lodge near Loch Morlich trained in mountain warfare and learned to ski. After the war many men wanted to continue skiing. Areas such as Newtonmore and Aviemore were easily accessible by rail and, despite the long walk, Coire Cas in the Cairngorms was a popular destination. In 1947 the Central Council for Physical Education acquired Glenmore Lodge and skiing courses were offered. As more and more skiers headed for Coire Cas Inverness County Council agreed to build an access road to the ski slopes and the first chair lift opened in 1961.

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Skiing in the Cairngorms

INVERNESS

1960s

postcards; ski-ing; skis

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard from the 1960s shows skiers on Cairngorm, a few miles from the Highland village of Aviemore. <br /> <br /> In 1904 members of the Scottish mountaineering club tried skiing on Ben Nevis and shortly after the Scottish Ski Club was formed, although skiers were more interested in cross country rather than downhill skiing. During World War II British troops based at Forest Lodge, Abernethy and Glenmore Lodge near Loch Morlich trained in mountain warfare and learned to ski. After the war many men wanted to continue skiing. Areas such as Newtonmore and Aviemore were easily accessible by rail and, despite the long walk, Coire Cas in the Cairngorms was a popular destination. In 1947 the Central Council for Physical Education acquired Glenmore Lodge and skiing courses were offered. As more and more skiers headed for Coire Cas Inverness County Council agreed to build an access road to the ski slopes and the first chair lift opened in 1961.