Vintage ski photos

23 vintage Canadian ski photos

Ah, the Great White North. Not just a hilarious 80s SCTV skit featuring everyone’s favourite hosers (Bob and Doug McKenzie), but also a land of endless snow. Our vast Canadian landscape is home to over 40 resorts, all dedicated to fulfilling the downhill desires of generations of ski bums. With many hills now open for the winter season, what better time to reminisce about the roots of our riding addictions? We’ve rounded up a sweet collection of vintage photos from some local resorts. Take off, eh!

Blue Mountain Resort, Ontario
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Bright-eyed patrol ready to go. Photo courtesy of Blue Mountain Ski Resort.

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Before there were high-speed quads, there was tow-rope. Photo courtesy of Blue Mountain Ski Resort.

Grouse Mountain, BC
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On the peak of Dam Mountain (north of Grouse Mountain), 1934. From the George Armstrong-Hills Collection, photo courtesy of Hollyburn Heritage

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George Armstrong Hills near the tip of Thunderbird Ridge (Grouse Mountain), March, 1934. From the George Armstrong-Hills Collection, photo courtesy of Hollyburn Heritage Society Collection.

Fernie Alpine Resort, BC
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From the car to the lift, early days at Fernie. Photo courtesy of Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.

Kimberley Alpine Resort, BC
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Serious 80s style and swanky cookout slopeside at Kimberley. Photo courtesy of Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.

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Spring skiing style at Kimberley. Photo courtesy of Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.

Lake Louise Ski Resort, Alberta
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Seeing visitors off in style. Photo by Eddie Hunter, courtesy of Lake Louise Ski Resort.

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The Canadian Rockies look stellar, even in black and white. Photo by Eddie Hunter, courtesy of Lake Louise Ski Resort.

Mont Tremblant, Quebec
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Resort founders Joe and Mary Ryan taking the T-bar up the hill. Photo courtesy of Mont Tremblant.

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The place to get your planks. Photo courtesy of Mont Tremblant.

Martock Resort, Nova Scotia
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Martock staff keeping it friendly. Photo courtesy of Martock Resort.

Mont Sainte-Anne, Quebec
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Flying through the air with the greatest of ease. Photo courtesy of Mont Sainte-Anne.

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And they say there's no powder out east. Photo courtesy of Mont Sainte-Anne.

Nakiska Ski Resort, Alberta
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Host to the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. Photo courtesy of Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.

Rabbit Hill Snow Resort, Alberta
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Making a mountain out of a molehill. Photo courtesy of Rabbit Hill Snow Resort.

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Getting on edge. Photo courtesy of Rabbit Hill.

Stoneham Resort, Quebec
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Swanky looking ski patrol. Photo courtesy of Stoneham Resort.

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The après scene. Photo courtesy of Stoneham Resort.

Whistler Blackcomb, BC
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Locals on Little Whistler, 1968. Photo by Cliff Jennings, courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb.

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Airplane turns all the way. Photo by Cliff Jennings, courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb.

Winsport COP, Alberta
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The ski jump bowl hosts a big crowd for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. Photo courtesy of Winsport COP.

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Ski school meetup in the 80s. Photo courtesy of Winsport COP.

Kim Budziak

Wordsmith, avid skier and rookie road biker. Firmly believes the best days are the snowiest ones.