Skiing For All.We have a rich history here at The Swedish Ski Club which has almost 90 years of existence. On January 25, 1924 the first meeting took place. On January 28th, it was decided that the name of the new club should e Swedish Ski Club of New York. On February 4, 1924, the Swedish Ski Club was officially formed at a meeting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Siegfried L. Steinwall, 103 Mercer Street, Jersey City, New Jersey. Thus, Sigge Steinwall was the founder and became the first elected president of the Swedish Ski Club. The Club adopted the slogan: “Skiing for all.” Read more about our history from the following links 50th Anniversary & 70th Anniversary Presidents of the Swedish Ski Club 1924-1925 Siegfried Steinwall, founder 1925-1926 Gerhard Rooth 1926-1931 Sven Rydow 1931-1936 John Wictorin 1936-1938 Siegfried Steinwall 1938-1941 John Wictorin 1941-1943 Manfred Svensson 1943-1946 John Erickson 1946-1947 John Dunn 1947-1948 Ed Harling 1948-1949 John Wictorin 1949-1950 Carl W. Johnson 1950-1951 Herman Dederer 1951-1953 Harry Vallin 1953-1956 Curran Tiffany 1956-1958 Stig Cornell 1958-1961 John Wictorin 1961-1962 Walter Lynn 1962-1963 Martha Dehli 1963-1966 Bo Adlerbert 1966-1967 Calvert Ostlund 1967-1969 Erik Brodin 1969-1971 Gunnar Martinsson 1971-1972 Lars Radberg 1972-1974 Erik Tornqvist 1974-1978 Tom Jahn 1978-1980 Odd Bjerkmann 1980-1982 Tomas Wehtje 1982-1983 Gerth Elverskog 1985-1988 Lars Radberg 1988-1990 Erik Anestad 1990-1993 Gunnar Sievert 1993-1996 Mikael Ugander 1996-2000 Lars Fritz 2000-2003 Carl Johansson 2003-2006 Birgir Nilsen 2006-2008 Adolf Jochnick 2008-2011 Ulf Lindahl 2011-Present Hans Tuneblom
History of the Swedish Ski Club 1924 - 1974
Compiled and written by Martha Dehli and Bo Adlerbert "Svenska skidåkare ohoj!" With these words Siegfried L. Steinwall attracted attention among Swedish persons interested in skiing. On January 25,4 the first meeting took place. On January 28th, it was decided that the name of the new club should e Swedish Ski Club of New York. On February 4, 1924, the Swedish Ski Club was officially formed at a meeting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Siegfried L. Steinwall, 103 Mercer Street, Jersey City, New Jersey. Thus, Sigge Steinwall was the founder and became the first elected president of the Swedish Ski Club. The Club adopted the slogan: "Skiing for all." Among the early members were Sigge's wife Agnes, Carl S. Conradson, Dr. Pontus Conradson, George Conradson, Nils Regnell, George Dahlen, Hal Olin, Lars Olson, Fred Juel, H. Stroberg, M. Erikson and Eric Sjolund. Many of these charter members were real personalities and it is only fitting that we mention the facts that are available about them. Siegfried Steinwall was born in Skellefteå, Sweden. Sigge wore the Swedish flag on his chest in two Olympic games as a gymnast before he became famous as a ski jumper. He lived in Chicago for five years prior to coming to New York. He honored the Swedish name by many victories and by setting both Swedish and U.S. ski jumping records. In addition, he set a Canadian record for three miles on snowshoes. Sigge Steinwall has jumped in more hills than any other skier of his time in the world. He turned professional and jumped over one thousand ski jumps at the Century of Progress Fair at Chicago in 1934 an at the New York World's Fair in 1939-1940. He was elected to the United States Ski Association National Ski Hal of Fame. The very first undertaking for the Club was to give public exhibitions in the sport of skiing at Central Park, Van Cortlandt Park and Prospect Park. Captain Carl Conradson, an uncle of Sigge Steinwall, then 72 years old, showed his technique on Lapland runners and with one ski pole. It was Carl Conradson, a retired sea captain turned business man, who in the blizzard of 1886 skied to his office in Manhattan from his home in Brooklyn. At the Brooklyn Bridge, he was questioned at gunpoint by a police officer who, never having seen skis before, suspected that the cold weather had gone to his head. Carl Conradson repeated this trip to his office and back every day as long as the snow lasted. Carl's brother, Dr. Pontus Conradson, introduced skiing to residents of Altoona, Pa. in 1884. He was the first skier of record east of the Mississippi. Dr. Pontus Conradson also invented a ski, composed of two sections fastened together by a steel plate, so as to be carried conveniently by its owner on his lecture tours. On of these skis is now in a museum at Umeå, Sweden. The first ski jump in the New York metropolitan area was build in the fall of 1924 mainly through the efforts of Captain Carl Conradson. George Conradson, brother of Carl and Pontus, was a member of the North Jersey Country Club, Preakness, near Patterson, New Jersey. With George Conradson as winter sports director, the country club had encouraged skating and skiing among its members. The club had a hockey rink where teams from Princeton and Yale, among others, had played. One day George invited his brother Carl, Sigge Steinwall and his wife, and a few other friends to a s ski party at his golf club. Apparently, the party was a success because shortly afterward the Swedish Ski Club received permission to build a ski jump on the property of the country club. There were quite a few Swedish and Norwegian carpenters among the skiers and with some financial help from Captain Carl, the ski jump was soon built. At a meeting on November 1, 1924, the name of the Club was changed to the Swedish Winter Sports Club of New York. It was felt that the Club should promote all kinds of winter sports. The Club never was successful in introducing other winter sports into its program, so the old name was again adopted. On Sunday, January 11, 1925, the very first ski jumping competition in metropolitan New York took place under ideal conditions at the Swedish Ski Jump. It was a huge success with many spectators. Club member Ole Jansen from Bärom, Norway, was the winner. Placing second, but the happiest soul in the world, was Sigge Steinwall - his dream of a well functioning ski club fulfilled. Carl Conradson underwrote the financial guarantee of the event. The following day, the Metropolitan Cross Country Championship Race was held with Lars Olson from Dala-Järna placing first, followed by many Swedes. Lars Olson competed at Bellow Falls, New York; Brattleboro, Vermont; Berlin, New Hampshire; Lake Placid, New York, and established himself as the best cross country skier in the east and probably in the U.S.A. Unfortunately, president Steinwall broke a leg late in '25 and returned to Sweden. Sven Rydow became the new president, a post he retained until 1931. Under his leadership, the Swedish Ski Club was the spearhead of most of the promotional activity for the sport of skiing. The jumping competition continued at North Jersey Country Club for two more years with Ole Jansen as the winner. Sigge Steinwall came back from Sweden in 1927 and again placed second, same as two years earlier at the inauguration. 1927 was the last year for ski jumping at North Country Club. The following year the super structure of the ski jump was destroyed by a storm. Fortunately, a new ski jumping hill was constructed at Bear Mountain, New York. Some of the members of the Swedish Ski Club actually helped with the design and planning of the Bear Mountain hill. The Swedish Ski Club sponsored the very first competition at Bear Mountain and our club has sponsored ski jumping tournaments there ever since. Two Norwegian boys, John and Olaf Sätre, joined the Club in 1927. At the Metropolitan Cross country ski Race the two Norwegians placed first and second with Gustaf Anderson from Järva, near Stockholm, third. The Sätre brothers went on to place first and second at the National Cross Country Championships three consecutive years 19217, 1928, and 1929. John Wictorin arrived in the U.S.A. in 1927 and became a member of the Club. The following year at the metropolitan Cross Country Championship races, John Wictorin beat Lars Olson by five seconds and, thus, became the new cross country champion. Later that year Nils Bäckström came from Sweden and joined the Club. He and the Steinwalls moved to Hanover, New Hampshire, and brought honor and fame to the Swedish Ski Club. Another good skier, who for a short time was a member, was Sven &ARING;ström. We would be remiss not to mention the first very good lady skier of our Club - Gurli Granberg. Gurli hails from Kiruna, Sweden. where people had to use skis in order to get anywhere in the winter time. Later she moved to Bollnäs, Hälsingland, where she participated with honors in high school ski races. She emigrated from Sweden in 1925 but did not become a member of the Swedish Ski Club until 1929. In 1931, she entered the New York State Cross Country Championship Race. She was the only girl racer in that race and the only lady racer of that time. She did not compete again until 1947, when she received second prize. Gurli Granberg is now the member with the longest consecutive active membership in the Club. She has been a member ever since 1929. [Gurli Granberg became honorary member and still was in 2001.] In 1930, two more brothers Sätre, Magnus and Ottar, arrived from Norway and became members of our Club. Magnus later represented Norway, as a reserve, at the Olympic Games in Lake Placid in 1932. Ottar Sätre was elected to the Ski Hall of Fame a couple of years ago. Another hard working member of the Club at that time was Gunnar Walden from Örebro, who, unfortunately, passed away much too young. In 1932, at the Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York, two members were selected to represent the U.S.A. - Nils Bäckström and Olle Zetterström. Another member, as mentioned earlier, Magnus Sätre, represented Norway, and members Sven Astrom and Sigge Steinwall represented Sweden. Four years later at Garmisch, Germany, Nils Bäckström was again a member of the Olympic team. This time he represented Sweden. Ten of our members have participated in Olympic Games. Other Skiers of fame were Otto Ruuskanen and the Finnish skier Jack Mathews, who placed very well in the combined events at lake Placed. the years 1933-1936 were meager years for the Club, but thanks to loyal John Wictorin, then president, the Swedish Ski Club remained a member of the U.S. Easter Amateur Ski Association. The Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York, in 1932 made skiing more popular in the east and many ski trains were soon running from New York to the ski areas in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. Members of the Swedish Ski Club took advantage of these snow trains and the Club arranged many outings. However, the severe depression put a cramp on many activities. In 1936, Sigge Steinwall again became the president for a period of two years after which John Wictorin took over. By that time, the Swedish Ski Club had enough active members to charter its own railroad car. Quote Manfred Swenson: "It is a wonder that the car did not jump off the tracks as the train traveled to the ski areas and back, because we had a lively bunch of members that kept things happening and we always had a lot of fun getting together". Manfred Swenson was president in 1941-43. Again a period of inactivity came upon the Club. This time because of the second World War. The young members were drafted into the military service and the membership dwindled. Again thanks to John Wictorin the Club remained alive and carried on with regular meetings. Outings were limited to snow-train trips, as gasoline was not available for pleasure driving. A word of praise for John Wictorin is in order. Every time the Club was in trouble, John would somehow keep it going. He was a most loyal member. John's racing career was not long. Instead he became a judge at ski jumping events, a vocation he carried on with for the rest of his life. During one of the very big snow storms that completely paralyzed New York City, John emulated Carl Conradson by skiing from his home in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, to Bloomingdale's, Manhattan, where he was employed. John later represented Silva, Inc. and became known in the trade as "Mr. Swix" or "Swixorin". John knew everyone interested in or connected with skiing and practically everyone on skis knew of John. John did much for our Club and the sport of skiing. No wonder that he too, after his untimely death in 1969 during a visit to Sweden, was honored by being elected to the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame. Thus, three members from our Club have been extended this highest of honors among skier. In the late 40'ties, the Club again became very active under the leadership of John Wictorin, then president, and later under Harry Vallin, who became president in 1951. Harry Vallin became a member of the Club in 1948 and immediately became a very active member. He played the accordion at Club parties and for many years arranged ski outings by bus for the club members. This actually started him on a new career with the establishment in 1949 of the now so well known Scandinavian Ski Shops. This business has grown to become one of the largest sellers of skis and ski equipment in the U.S.A. This would not be mentioned here had it not been for the fact that, through Harry Vallin's well organized ski trips by bus and his ski rental policy, he has introduced skiing to more people in the east than anyone else. Harry is both a downhill and cross country skier. For several years he was the Club Champion in downhill. Harry has been very generous to the Club thorough the years, always donating prizes to be Club functions whenever asked. In 1948, the Swedish Ski Club successfully hosted and arranged the U.S. Eastern Amateur Ski Association convention in New York City at the Pennsylvania Hotel, now the Statler Hilton, in conjunction with the Club's 25th anniversary. A special page in the convention program features Col. Hans Lagerlof, who then and for the rest of his life, was honorary president of the Swedish Ski Club. In 1949 at the New England Cross Country Championship Races in Worcester, Mass., Club members Arthur Anderson, Trygve Hodne, and Harry Vallin placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively. The F.I.S. games in Lake Placid in 1950 brought out a large contingent of Club members, who helped the Swedish team in every way possible. After the games, the Club arranged a large dinner party in honor of the Swedish team and its officials at the former Castleholm Restaurant in New York City. It was a very successful affair with hundreds of people present. At the New York State Cross Country Championship Races in 1951, five members of the Swedish Ski Club placed among the first seven as follows, 1st Arthur Andersen; 2nd Ralph Karlsson; 3rd Oskar Persson; 4th Harry Vallin; and 7th Einar Asmundsen. In the early 50'ties, the Club had a strong alpine skier in Ste3ve Winsten, who won several men's events in the Metropolitan Ski Council races. Among other racers in the 50'ties were Curran Tiffany, former president, Walter Lynn, and Sue Baron. Walter Lynn told the story about when he, Curran, and Sue participated in the Sugar Slalom at Stowe, Vermont, where they set a certain record. Sue finished last in the women's event, Walter was last in the men's event, and Curran was disqualified..... In the late 50'ties, the Club came upon hard times again. The membership dwindled, and at one meeting there was talk about dissolving the Club because of lack of Swedish immigrants. Again, John Wictorin came to the rescue and became president. Although the membership was as low as about 40 members, the Club was still active with meetings and outings and, even though we did not have any Olympic skiers, we did have Janet Munson, who won the women's events in the Council races several years in a row. Also, the Club had Linda Wictorin, and other good racers. Often during the 50'ties and 60'ties the Council races were held at Belleayre Ski Area at Pine Hill, new York, and for many years the Swedish Ski Club hosted a cross country tour on top of the mountain after the downhill races. John Wictorin arranged these ski touring trips, and it was a forerunner to what presently is so popular - ski touring. At these events, John instructed skiers on waxing before the tour and after the tour glögg was served. At this time, hardly any skier had the right equipment, only downhill skis, but it was always a fun outing with many participants. Because of illness, John Wictorin became inactive for a couple of years, and it befell on Martha Dehli, then secretary, to keep the club together. She was later president in 1962/63. During these years, the Club held annual glögg parties in members' homes, and former president Ed Harling was always Santa Claus. The participation at these social events became so great that the Club later had to rent facilities, and glögg parties have been held annually ever since. A turning point in the Club came in 1963, when Bo Adlerbert became president. Within a few years, under the enthusiastic guidance of Bo, the Club again became very active. Bo brought many new members into the Club. During the 1964/65 ski season, the Club had its first rented ski lodge in Dorset, Vermont. In the meantime, Bo Adlerbert acquired a large farm in Andover, Vermont, which he rebuilt into his own home as well as a home for the Club, and named it "Bohus". It has been the home of the Club during the ski seasons ever since 1965/66. [The Club moved to Skibo in 1986.] Through the efforts of Bo and many Club members, cross country trails were cleared on the many acres surrounding Bohus. Members became very interested in ski touring and cross country skiing; old skis were donated, new touring equipment bought, all of which was and is being rented to members and guests. In 1964, the Club was incorporated in the State of New York and the name changed to The Swedish Ski Club, Inc. In February 1967, John Wictorin had arranged for the Club to sponsor its first sanctioned cross country race at Bohus. It was a great success. Ever since, the Club has sponsored an annual John Wictorin Memorial Cross Country Race, and it has attracted the best cross country skier in the east and has grown larger each year with close to one hundred entrants the last few years. During the late 60'ties and early 70'ties, our junior alpine skiers carried the Club's banner to victory. For several years, our junior team won the Junior Event at the N.Y. Metropolitan Ski Council races. The Club hosted the Junior and Intermediate Events at the Council races in 1968. Christine Pearson, and John Lichter were for several years the bright lights, and along came Christine, Duke, and Steven Ostlund, Michael Lichter and Eric Brodin, Jr. Erik Brodin, Sr., a former president and also a common Eastern U.S. Champion, has for many years placed very well in the men's events. At the George Washington's Birthday Cross Country Race, held in the Putney-Brattleboro, Vermont, area, Bo Adlerbert, Lars Radberg, a former president, and Fred Brandstrom and many other members have carried the Swedish Ski Club emblem with honor. Bo won the class "55 years and older" in 1967. This event is the closest to Vasaloppet this side of the ocean. The history of the Club would not be complete without mentioning Ellis Larson and Ann Santoro. Ellis was a pillar in the Club for many years and was the Club treasurer for a great number of years. He is now retired and living in Sweden. Ann was another hard worker, always doing something for the club during many years. All too young, she passed away in September 1973. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we wish to pay special tribute to Gerhardt T. Rooth, former editor of Nordstjernan. Throughout all these eventful 50 years, Gerry Rooth has been a friend of the Swedish Ski Club. He has helped and strengthened our Club through his genuine interest in it and the fine publicity the Club has received in Nordstjernan. Another member, never to be forgotten is Björn Kjellström. He has not been very active in our activities, but behind the scene he is always rooting for our Club. As a member of F.I.S. and Olympic committees he is our international representative. With the ski jumping tournament at Bear Mountain, the John Wictorin Trophy jump-off, the John Wictorin Memorial Cross Country Race and with Club races in downhill as well as cross country, our Club has celebrated its 50th anniversary during 1973-1974 with pride of its achievements through the years and full of promises for the future.
History of the Swedish Ski Club 1924 - 1993
Presented to The Swedish Ski Club's 70th Anniversary Dinner October 1, 1993 by Lars Radberg The Swedish Ski Club was founded during the 1923 - 1924 ski season by the famous ski jumper Siegfried L. Steinwall and a group of Swedish skiers who met together to participate in their favorite sport. Steinwall became the Club's first President. The generous publicity by Gerhard T. Rooth in "Nordstjernan" attracted widespread interest and the membership grew rapidly. Among the members were the brothers Carl, George and Pontus Conradson, Eric Sjolund, George Dahlin, Hal Olin and Nils Regnell. From the start, the Club was determined to promote interest in skiing and, to this end, adopted the slogan "Skiing for Everybody". The first Club outing took place in Van Cortland Park on March 1, 1924. The Club next pioneered in building a ski jump at the North Jersey Country Club, near Paterson, New Jersey, with the aid of George Conradson. This was the first ski jump built in the New York Metropolitan area. The inaugural tournament took place on January 11, 1925 in cooperation with the Norsemen Ski Club. After the Paterson Ski Jump was destroyed by a storm in 1928, a new ski jump was constructed in the New York Bear Mountain State Park. The Club sponsored the first tournament at Bear Mountain, and continued its sponsorship every year until 1990, until ski jumping there was discontinued. In 1927, 1928 and 1929 Club members John and Olaf Stare won the National Cross-Country Championship, while members Lars Olson and John Wictorin won the Eastern and Metropolitan titles. In the 1932 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, members O. Zetterstrom and N. Beckstrom represented the United States as members of the ski team, while members Sven Ostrom and Siegfried Steinwall represented Sweden. Beckstrom again made the U.S. team in 1936. Ten of the Club members have participated in Olympic games. John Wictorin joined the Club in 1927 after he arrived from Sweden. He was an excellent cross-country skier, served as a judge at ski jumping events, became a ski waxing expert and a representative for Swix ski waxes. His efforts on behalf of the Club and skiing in general were widely recognized. He was President of the Club four times and after his untimely death in 1969, he was posthumously elected to the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame, thereby joining Siegfried Steinwall in receiving this honor. A special mention of Gurli Granberg is in order. She hails from Kiruna, Sweden, and participated in several ski races in northern Sweden while in high school. She moved to the United States in 1925, became a member of the Club in 1929, and entered the New York State Cross-Country Championship Race in 1931. She was the only female skier in that race. Gurli now holds the longest active membership in the Club. During the 30's and 40's, the Club members joined together for outings to ski areas in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts, often using "snow trains" for transportation. Later, bus trips to more distant points were organized by the late Harry Vallin, who joined the Club in 1948, and subsequently became the Clubs President. At the same time, he established the Scandinavian Ski Shops and thereby introduced skiing to an increasing number of people in the eastern United States. In the late 50's the Club membership declined, but Martha Dehli managed to hold the Club together. Under her leadership, the tradition of annual Glögg Parties was introduced, initially in member's homes, and later in rented quarters to accommodate the increasing number of participants. Martha served as President of the Club 1962-1963 and is responsible for the Club's fine relations with the New York Metropolitan Ski Council. Bo Adlerbert became President of the Club in 1963. Within a few years, under the enthusiastic guidance of Bo, the Club again became very active, and Bo brought many new members into the Club. In 1964, the Club was incorporated in the State of New York as a not-for-profit organization under the name The Swedish Ski Club, Inc. During the 1964-65 ski season, the Club for the first time rented a lodge, which was located in Dorset, Vermont. In the meantime, Bo Adlerbert bought a large farm in Andover, Vermont, which was rebuilt into his own home, named Bohus. The major portion of the house was rented by the Club beginning with 1965-1966 ski season. With the assistance of a group of hard working members, Bo planned and cleared an excellent cross-country trail system around Bohus and in the adjoining areas. He worked tirelessly to promote skiing and was instrumental in arranging cross-country ski races, not only for the Club members but also for elite skiers in the Northeast. In 1967, John Wictorin arranged for the Club to sponsor it's first sanctioned cross-country race at Bohus. In honor of John, the race was named the John Wictorin Memorial Cross-Country Race, and it became an annual event attracting the best skiers in the east, including members of the U.S. Olympic team. In 1973, a biathlon competition (20 km cross-country skiing combined with target shooting) was also held at Bohus at the initiative of the legendary Fred Brandstrom. The John Wictorin Race was discontinued in 1980, when skating on skis became common, requiring wider trails and elaborate grooming. During the 70's, the Club membership continued to grow, and new activities were introduced, such as ski touring events and youth weekends. Bo Adlerbert and Tom Jahn, who was President during 1974-1978, were the initiators and promoters of these events, which became increasingly popular. Club Championship Races, both downhill and cross-country, were arranged every year, and thanks to Franz Frei, a Sylvester Downhill Race was organized and is run every New Years Eve. Many Club members have also been participating in cross-country ski races in New England, such as the George Washington Birthday Race in Brattleboro, Vermont, the Lake Placid Loppet in New York and others. The Jiminy Peak/Pico Peak alpine races arranged by the Metropolitan Ski Council is another event with many Club members competing with excellent results, particularly in the junior division. On January 17, 1973, the Board of the Club past a resolution "that the Club set a goal of raising $20,000 to be reserved for the exclusive purpose of meeting future needs for a permanent home of the Club by acquiring real estate bordering on the Green Mountain National Forest". The fund raising committee consisted of Bo Adlerbert, chairman, Tage Pearson, Erik Brodin, Bjorn Kjellstrom, Ake Orndal and Erik Tornqvist. In 1974, a Land Committee was formed to search for suitable land, on which to build a lodge. Two years later, the committee, consisting of Tom Jahn, Bo Adlerbert and Richard Wetterhorn came across and approx. 200 acre parcel of land near Wilmington, Vermont. Tom Jahn was authorized to negotiate a possible purchase based on Richard Wetterhorn's proposal to have interested members acquire 6 lots of 20 acres for $7,000 each, leaving about 80 acres for the Club, which made $1,000 deposit. Zoning regulation were too complicated, however, and in 1978, the Club withdrew from the deal, but some members bought lots in the area. The continued growth of the Club membership kept the idea of a land acquisition alive, even after Bo and Lorle Adlerbert moved from Bohus to a new residence across the road. The increased cost of renting all of Bohus also played a role. In 1984, Fred Brandstrom proposed that the area east of the Green Mountain National Forest be explored. This was done and the Forest Administration was consulted, but no suitable land could be found. In the meantime, Bo Adlerbert's sons, Tony and Nils, had become owners of Bohus. They decided to put the lodge on the market and began by offering it, the adjoining barn and about 50 acres of land to the Club for $450,000 in the spring of 1986. The price far exceeded the Club's financial resources, especially in view of the repairs and renovations that were required. A Lodge Committee, consisting of Gerth Elverskog, Tom Jahn and Lars Radberg was therefor established. An extensive search was launched in southern Vermont. On July 3, 1986 Gerth and Estrid Elverskog and Lars and Marit Radberg were shown the Barn Lodge on Winhall Hollow Road in Bondville. The lodge operated as an inn and was offered almost fully equipped and furnished together with a garage and a swimming pool. After negotiations, the binder was signed by Lars, and on Friday September 12 the closing took place. The cost, including closing fees and moving expenses came to $292,000, which was financed with the Club's own funds (including moneys previously donated to the 50th Anniversary Fund), a first and second mortgage plus proceeds of bonds sold to generous Club members. The new lodge was inaugurated by about a dozen members on the weekend immediately following the closing. The next weekend, equipment and supplies belonging to the Club, were moved from Bohus to Skibo, as the new lodge came to be called, and full scale operations began in early October. By then, bunk beds for the boys and girls dormitories and a couple of regular rooms had been constructed and installed by Kjell Oscarsson. He and his wife Monika also donated a bar counter and stools to the Club. They were soon joined by several other benefactors, who contributed a piano, paintings, furniture, cross-country skis and boots. By the end of 1987, work had started on the conversion of the garage to a sauna, a construction of a new garage and a waxing room with storage space below, all under one roof. This was completed early 1988. In the meantime, Tom Jahn had started planning a cross-country trail system in the areas around Skibo. After consultations with neighbors and protracted negotiations with the National Forest Administration, Tom, Adolf af Jochnick and several other members started clearing trails enabling members to ski from outside the lodge to the surrounding woods and meadows. New trails are continuously being developed. Skibo is located in the so called Golden Triangle within easy driving distance of the Stratton and Bromley ski areas as well as golf courses and tennis courts. These recreational facilities for the general public complements special summer events arranged by the Club, such as the Midsummer Festival in June and the Crayfish Party in August. In addition, the Vasaloppet veteran Per Sjölund has for several years organized the popular horseback and canoeing weekend during the fall leaf season for his fellow members. The history of the Club would not be complete without citing the many achievements and contributions - athletic and otherwise - made over the years by the Aittola, Anestad, Bisset, Crockford, Elverskog, Gyllenhoff, Jahn, Jonsson, Trygg, Tuneblom and Ugander families as well as many others, too numerous to mention. The Club has been very fortunate in having had generations of so many interested and active members working together for their mutual benefit and enjoyment. As a result, the current membership has an excellent base for further development in the future.