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Tacoma News Tribune - Northwest Ski Club Tournaments
In addition to the dates listed below, I searched for tournament news around the following dates without finding any: 5 July 1924, 12 July 1924, 28 June 1925 and 5 July 1925. All Tacoma News Tribune issues were reviewed on microfilm at UW Libraries.


Wed, 11 Jul 1917 - "Norwegian Ski Tourney Planned"

"Plans are being laid for a genuine Norwegian ski jumping tournament to be staged in the near future near Paradise Inn on Mount Tacoma. Thor Bisgaard, prominent member of the Tacoma Mountaineers, and who has much experience in ski jumping both in this country and in Norway, has just returned from the Paradise Inn where he arranged matters for the tourney with Mr. Martin, the proprietor." The article mentions that a tournament was held at Scenic the previous February, but the conditions were not the best. (See lds-ski-areas.) "Experts declare that Mount Tacoma has ideal places for such contests."

Sun, 22 Jul 1917 - "Sensational Girl Ski-Jumper to Take Part in Tourney on Mountain July 29"

The article includes a photo of 20-year-old Miss Olga Bolstad, "the most sensational lady ski-jumper in the Northwest." She stands on skis holding a single pole and wearing a competitor's bib with number 4 on it. "Miss Bolstad first sprang into the limelight at Scenic last winter. While the big ski tournament was taking place there she appeared and asked for a pair of skis. Although an unknown when she arrived, she speedily became the most talked-of person in the tourney, owing to her sensational jumping. She just missed taking first honors from the best of the men competitors."

Note: In a 5/3/2017 email, Kirby Gilbert said research during a trip to Norway found Olga Marie Bolstad's birthdate to be 6 September 1892. That means she was 24 years old at the time of the Mt Rainier ski tournament, not 20. Kirby found a notice in the June 7, 1919 Seattle Times indicating that she filed for a marriage license with Ottar Eggan (possibly Eggen). Kirby also located a Washington death certificate indicating that she died on August 21, 1919 at the young age of 26. Neither Kirby nor I have searched deeper to determine the cause of death. (L. Skoog, 1/24/2018)

Sat, 28 Jul 1917 - "Big Ski Tourney Arouses Interest"

"A feature of the skiing will be the opportunity offered beginners to try their luck at the Scandinavian sport. It is expected quite a fiew neophytes will take their [first lessons?] tommorow."

Sun, 29 Jul 1917 - "First Summer Ski Meet Held Today"

"Although summer ski tourneys are common events in the Scandinavian countries, they are something new in this part of the country, and the jumping has aroused a great deal of interest. Should this year's tourney prove a success--and it is almost certain that it will--it is to become an annual summer feature at Paradise park and will serve as an unusual advertisement for both the mountain and Tacoma." The article names several of the competiors and describes Miss Olga Bolstad as "champion of the Pacific coast on skis."

Sun, 5 Aug 1917 - "Ski Tourney Thrills Mountain Crowd"

The article includes a fine drawing by Y. Sonnichsen of the tournament scene at Camp of the Clouds, with the mountains, the crowd, the Paradise Inn and a ski jumper in flight. It looks like a wood block carving. (In a 3/8/2010 email, Christine Anderson of the Sons of Norway said that the artist was probably Yngvar Sonnichsen. His brother S. Engelhard Sonnichsen was the architect for Norway Hall in Seattle.)

The results are unclear, but the article says, "Probably Olga Bolstad, the pretty Seattle girl, was the greatest center of attraction among all the ski jumpers. Her lightness and grace made her a favorite with all, and she seemed to skim through the air like a bird." The article continues: "The girl champion has been made an honorary, lifelong member of the Puget Sound Ski club, which has been formed by Messrs. Overn, Berg and Bisgaard of Tacoma, and Messrs. Gjolme and Sonnichsen of Seattle.

NOTE: A short article in the July 30, 1917 Tacoma Times says that Olga Bolstad won the first skiing tournement ever held on Mt Rainier with a jump of 36 feet. More than 300 spectators witnessed the event. "Jumps were made following a 100-yard start down Alta Vista, and ended with a slide of several hundred yards towards Paradise Inn." (A copy of the article was sent to me by Suzy Cyr and is filed in my photo collection under her name.)


Sat, 6 Jul 1918 - "Ski Tournament Is Big Sport Classic"

A crew has been working on the ski jump and practice jumps of 70 to 80 feet have been made. "The slide is situated on the eastern or right hand slope of Alta Vista, as one faces the mountain from Paradise Inn. There is a long incline on this side and half way down the slope is a natural ledge that permits a long leap to the sweep below."

Mon, 8 Jul 1918 - "Man Defeats Woman in Ski Tournament"

S. Johnson of Tacoma beat 14 competitors with jumps of 67 and 68 feet. A. Flagstad of Seattle was second and Hilmar Nelsen of Tacoma third. Miss Olga Bolstad finished fourth. The article confirms that Miss Bolstad won the title in 1917. The longest jump (83 feet) was made by J.G. Hansen of Tacoma, but he fell. The organizers have determined to make the tournament an annual classic. "For the benefit of ski enthusiasts, the committee in charge will send to Norway for 20 pairs of first class skis which will be kept at Paradise Inn. This probably means that many new ski experts will be developed in this country."


Mon, 30 Jun 1919 - "Tacoma Attends Ski Tournament"

The article says that several hundred people left Saturday afternoon in automobiles for the third annual tournament, which is now put on by the Northwestern Ski Club.

Tue, 1 Jul 1919 - "Take Movies of Ski Stars"

This obscure article says at least 1,500 people watched the jumping on Sunday. S. Johnson of Tacoma won again, with jumps of 95 and 100 feet. Hilmar Nelson of Tacoma was second. John Holen of Tacoma had the longest standing jump, 113 feet. A crew from Goldwyn Studios was making a film of "Silver Horde" on the scene and some of the spectators got into the picture.


Sat, 26 Jun 1920 - "Star Ski Jumpers to Perform Sunday"

The article lists 13 competitors entered. It clarifies that "S. Johnson," the 1918 and 1919 champion, is Sigurd Johnson. Nels Nelsen of Revelstoke, B.C., the Canadian amateur champion, is favored to win. L. Larsen is listed as the champion of Grays Harbor, suggesting that jumping meets were also being held west of Puget Sound. (Note: In this and later stories, the sponsoring organization is referred to as the Northwest Ski Club.)

Mon, 28 Jun 1920 - "L. Larsen Now Ski Champ"

L. Larsen of Grays Harbor won the tournament with the longest jump of 95 feet and a jump of 88 feet scored for both style and distance. The article says that Chris Bakken won "first prize among the other jumpers," which doesn't make a lot of sense.


Mon, 4 Jul 1921 - "Records Broken at Meet"

Sigurd Johnson of Tacoma and L. Larson of Aberdeen jumped 126 feet, a new distance mark. The scoring was somewhat confusing, since "first prize in distance went to Johnson, second to Larson" while "the extra prize for the longest standing jump was won by Larson." (I think the former prize was for style and distance combined.) Larson won the Paradise cup, given by the Rainier National Park Company, for the second year in a row. I think Johnson was awarded the Northwest Ski Club championship.


Tue, 4 Jul 1922 - "Try For Records in Ski Contest"

The article says that sixteen amateurs and two professionals are entered in the meet and jumps are expected to average over 100 feet. The course is said to be in bad condition, due to fast melting of the snow, but crews with shovels are keeping it usable for the jumpers. I was not able to find the results for this tournament in the following days.


Mon, 2 Jul 1923 - "Ski Jumpers Leave for Scene of Races"

The tournament has become an Independence Day event. There is a photo of Isabel Coursier, "16-year-old feminine champion of the world," from Revelstoke, B.C. The 1923 course has been built near the Paradise Inn so that jumps may be seen from the hotel. A five-mile cross-country ski race is scheduled for July 3, with the annual ski ball that evening, followed by the championship jump the morning of July 4. The article says that Chris Bakken of Centralia won the race last year in 27 minutes, 28 seconds. Hans Otto Giese of Freiberg, Germany, "who took second place in the German Olympic ski race two years ago," is entered in this year's race.

Tue, 3 Jul 1923 - "Ski Ball Calling Many to Mountain"

This article describes the social scene and names guests registered at Paradise Inn. It says the cross-country race is four miles long.

Thu, 5 Jul 1923 - "Ski Jumpers Draw Largest Crowd to Mountain"

1,500 people viewed the ski jumping tournament. Ivind Nelson of Revelstoke, B.C. won the championship with a jump of 124 feet. This broke the record he established in 1922, when he won with a jump of 86 feet. Ivind Nelson's brother Nels ("amateur ski champion of the world") made a jump of 143 feet. However, "this jump did not count becase Nelson touched his hands to the skis during the flight." Chris Bakken won the four-mile cross-country race on Tuesday with a time of 19 minutes. Allan Granstrom was second and Hans Otto Giese third.

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