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History of the Club

The Sun Valley Ski Club was founded by W.A. Harriman in 1936, the same year the resort opened. The club was established not only for the enjoyment of its members, but also to host races at the new resort. The first race was the Sun Valley International Open, which attracted the top skiers from around the world. This race later became known as the Harriman Cup and continued to be one of the top races in the world. The SVSC also organized a number of other races for both its junior and senior members nation-wide.

In 1966, the SVSC held its first Ski Club Week as a reunion for its pre-war members. This annual tradition continues to attract members from around the world, who return to Sun Valley and join in with locals for an activity-filled week of races, cross-country tours, and social events.

Also, in 1966, the club established the Ski Education Foundation for its junior race program. Over the years, this foundation has achieved an unsurpassed level of excellence, placing many skiers on the U.S. National Team, and has now become an independent organization.

The club continues to hold year-round training, Nordic and Alpine skiing, racing, summer outings, and social events.



Other Ski Activities Enjoyed By Our Members


  • USSA Masters Races
  • Mountain Masters Clinic (see the Sports Desk at the Sun Valley Company)
  • Race Clinics


  • World Cup Masters Races