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Schenectady Wintersports Club records

Identifier: ARL-008

Content Description

The collection consists of the records of the Schenectady Wintersports Club and documents skiing and other outdoor activities in New York's Capital District and Vermont. Administrative records consist of meeting minutes, financial records, membership lists, agreements, constitutions, bylaws and lists of officers. General records include newsletters, printed materials, historical files, information on ski lodge construction, photographs and miscellaneous materials from the years 1929 to 2002.


  • 1929 - 2002


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Historical Note

The Schenectady Wintersports Club was formed in 1932, with a formal constitution being adopted in 1934. Its first president was Dr. Vincent Schaefer. Other charter members included C.G. Suits, L.E. Clover, Clarence Gregg, and C.W. Woodall. The intention was to establish a family-oriented club to promote skiing and to establish a snow train from New York's Capital District to North Creek, the present site of Gore Mountain. The snow trains, which began running in 1934, were very successful and ran into the late thirties. Along with other outdoor locations, this offered the opportunity for many families to ski, snowshoe, and toboggan at affordable costs. In addition to arranging ski trips, the club hosted guest lecturers, demonstrations, ski schools, first aid trainings, proficiency tests and film screenings including the annual Warren Miller Movie. In 1962 the Club purchased a ski lodge approximately 13 miles south of Stowe, Vermont, which it has maintained and operated since. In 1976, the Northern New Your Paddlers was formed as a division of the Club to sponsor paddling events and watersports in the summer. In addition, the Mohawk Valley Hiking Club later joined to create an organization that promotes activities year-round. The club is currently a member of the New York Capital District Ski Council. It has been lauded as being instrumental in making New York one of the ski capitals of the eastern United States.


3 Boxes

1.99 Cubic Feet

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The collection is arranged as two series: Series 1, Administrative Records, 1934-1997. Series 2, General, 1929-2002. Materials are arranged alphabetically and chronologically thereafter.

Custodial History

Donated by the Schenectady Wintersports Club, May 2007.

On April 22, 2011, Protect the Adirondacks! placed the collection on permanent loan with Union College.
Schenectady Wintersports Club records
Matthew Golebiewski
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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Repository Details

Part of the Adirondack Research Library Repository

897 St. David's Lane
Niskayuna NY 12309