Out of the Woods: The Story of Cornwall's Forests

Hiking and Skiing

Hiker at Mohawk State Forest, 2012
Collection of Cornwall Historical Society

The first hiking club in the U.S. was the White Mountain Club, formed in Maine in 1873. It was followed in 1876 by the Appalachian Mountain Club, whose members built the first hiking trail on Mount Washington in 1879. Hiking as a recreational activity did not become widely popular until the early 20th century.








Skiing at Rumsey Hall School, Cornwall, 1930s
Collection of Cornwall Historical Society


The National Ski Association was founded in Michigan in 1905. The first resort-based ski school opened in New Hampshire in 1929, and ski events were part of the 1932 winter Olympics at Lake Placid, NY.









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