History of the CSC – By Ernie Mumpower
By Ernie Mumpower
This information faxed to Ellen Atkinson on 1/12/00, 777-5375
Skiing in the Cheyenne area, when I came here in 1947, consisted of the Summit ski area. The tavern, at the top of the hill on US 30, was the warming house. You could ski down the hill & ride a rope tow back up until they told you not to go down anymore because it was near 4pm and they were closing the tow. Happy Jack was built during that time period and when weather permitted it began operating instead of Summit.
The Summit Winter Sports Club, which ran the Happy Jack area, had become inactive. Its dues, about $6 per year, included a season pass to Happy Jack, but they had bad luck with not enough snow & also too much snow. The 1949 blizzard trapped several cars in there and after they got the cars out they were told to not go in there the rest of the winter, so Summit was used again that winter, weekends only.
In late 1959, Sydney Spiegel & I had the local paper run an article regarding us trying to start a new ski club. I got the name from being impressed with a Dallas Ski Club patch on some skiers at Sun Valley in 1958. The leader of it, Harry Bass, gave me many pointers on starting a ski club. His brother, Dick Bass, is the oldest man to ever climb Mt. Everest, at 55. Harry died about a year ago, but was not active in the Dallas Ski Club in recent years.
Early members included Alex Morley, Carrol Orrison, Carrol Clark, Chuck Graves, Yeno Roncalio, Dr. & Mrs. James Barber, Dr. & Mrs. John Gramlich, Dr. Al & Annette Aldrich, Ardith Krause, Margaret Smith, Bob Heinemann, Carl Kottcamp (first vice president), Norman Davis (First secretary-treasurer), Bill Armstrong, Jack Hayes, Bill Kline, Sydney Spiegel, and myself, our first president.
Our arm patch had on it the comic beagle Snoopy on skis and Cheyenne Ski Club. Sydney Spiegel borrowed the ditto machine at Cheyenne High School & made several copies announcing our first meeting in late 1959, which we mailed to known skiers in town, getting their addresses by license plates on cars that had ski racks on them.
At our first meeting we showed a Union Pacific movie, probably The Chase, made at Sun Valley. Our usual activity was showing ski movies with a borrowed projector. We used a small room at Cheyenne Light, Fuel, and Power, and used their larger auditorium on special occasions. We had at least 2 personally narrated movies, one by Sverre Engen of Salt Lake and the other by Hans Gmoser of Canada. We did our skiing by car pool, quite a bit of it being at Berthoud, home of the world’s first double chair. We have met at various places throughout the years, including the Elks lodge and even at private homes, when attendance was down.
We have had our ups & downs, and membership is now pleasantly high. Attendance would be higher if more members attended. I am our oldest member, both in age and continuous membership.