Longview's Long History of Skiing

Members of the Longview Ski Club, circa 1949. -- Cowlitz County Historical Museum / #2011.0047.0002.0037

Members of the Longview Ski Club, circa 1949.

Cowlitz County Historical Museum / #2011.0047.0002.0037

The Longview Ski Club has been active since 1935, one year before the first chairlift opened in the United States and two years before Timberline Lodge opened on Mount Hood.

Member of the Longview Ski Club near Mount St. Helens, circa 1949. -- Cowlitz County Historical Museum / #2011.0047.0002.0056

Member of the Longview Ski Club near Mount St. Helens, circa 1949.

Cowlitz County Historical Museum / #2011.0047.0002.0056

Before its eruption in 1980, Mount St. Helens was the go-to skiing spot for the Longview Ski Club. In the early days, club members had built their own lodge on Mount St. Helens and used a homemade rope tow to reach the slopes. When the club became more active following World War II, members started using a snowcat to avoid hiking up the mountain.

Actively planning trips to local ski spots since 1935, the Longview Ski Club is one of the oldest ski clubs in the Northwest. Today, the club even plans a yearly trip beyond their usual haunts that takes members as close as Idaho or as far as Europe.

View of Mount St. Helens from the forest, 1958. -- Longview Public Library

View of Mount St. Helens from the forest, 1958.

Longview Public Library

Member of Longview Ski Club, circa 1950. -- Cowlitz County Historical Museum / #2000.0013.0160

Member of Longview Ski Club, circa 1950.

Cowlitz County Historical Museum / #2000.0013.0160

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