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History of Skiing in Southern California

We have noticed that is there is a degree of differences in the retelling of history. We welcome any and all help is making this the most complete "History of Skiing in Southern California!"

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1892 December 20 The first national forest in the State of California and second in the United States, Angeles National Forest, was created by proclamation of President Benjamin Harrison. The first name given to the forest, "San Gabriel Timberland Reserve," was changed to "San Gabriel National Forest" March 4, 1907 and then to "Angeles National Forest" on July 1, 1908.
1922 January 16 George O. Bauwens made the first ski descent of the summit of Mt. San Antonio (Old Mt. Baldy).
1924 September 1 Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation officially opened Big Pines Park in Big Pines. The park operated in both the summer and winter and is now administered by USFS and includes two ski areas (Mountain High and Ski Sunrise).
1925   LA Junior Chamber of Commerce sponsored the first annual Winter Sports Carnival at Big Pines.
1928   Edelweiss Ski Club was formed on the slopes of San Gorgonio. Edi & Elly Jaun, and John Surr were among the charter members. (Note: This is not the same Edelweiss Ski Club in LA Council which began as the Hollywood Ski Club.)
1929   Construction began on the first ski jump in southern California at Big Pines with hopes of luring the 1932 Olympics to Wrightwood.

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