Skiing is in our DNA: Laurentian museum honours snow sports pioneers

The Laurentian Ski Museum in St-Sauveur is proof that Quebecers have snow sports in their blood.

The museum honours remarkable champions and industry pioneers dating back more than 100 years. Its three rooms of exhibits tell snowy stories through vintage photos, racing memorabilia and artifacts such as wooden skis, bear-trap bindings and lace-up boots.

The Laurentian region is acknowledged to be the cradle of downhill skiing in North America because of its innovative lifts, early ski schools and all-inclusive resorts. There are modern-day scoops, too, among the lore found in sepia-toned documents. The museum recently has been researching the first rope tow in North America, long believed to be Alec Foster’s Folly in 1930s Shawbridge, Que. Startling new information indicates that a lift in Ste-Agathe may have been the first.

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