On August 19, 1885, early German immigrants in the Seattle area formed a physical fitness club called the Seattle Turn Verein. It was created as a social, educational and gymnastics club which had indoor gymnastics as a core activity. The group purchased and owned property in Seattle which they used for their club.
During World War I, there were strong feelings against German related groups. So on July 15, 1918, the club was reorganized and incorporated under Sections 3740-3751, Remington’s Revised Statutes, in the State of Washington, as the “Seattle Gymnastics Society”. In the late 1920’s, younger members of the club began skiing in the Cascade mountains.
Snoqualmie Pass in 1938
Skiing in WWII
by John Lundin
In the spring of 1942, Seattle ski writers asked with the war going on, “what’s to become of skiing?” Many old guard skiers will be in the service, although some would continue skiing as members of mountain regiments. The rest will wonder how to get to the mountains with gasoline and tire rationing.
We live and recreate in the corner of the globe which holds the world record for the largest snowfall (Mt. Baker Ski Area: 95 feet in 1998,99). Such snow accumulation often leads to snow sliding downhill unexpectedly, often with deadly results. How does this affect Sahalie skiers, snowboarders and snowshoeists?