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Sugar Bowl History

Shared By: Sugar Bowl | March 24, 2014

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This video from Culture Films, LLC explains and shows how in the late 1930s the well known Austrian racer Hannes Schroll, along with the help of the area’s first ski school director - the Austrian Bill Klein, convinced well heeled celebrities and families, such as Walt Disney, and the Hills of the Great Northern Railway fortune, to invest in the development of the Sugar Bowl just above Donner Pass, not far from Lake Tahoe and within driving and train range of San Francisco, and Reno. Thereafter for a number of decades the Sugar Bowl was the premier Californian ski resort as its many top-flight Austrian ski instructors, racers and coaches attracted many a skier while creating a sterling reputation for skiing excellence and Austrian style après-ski conviviality. This segment is told in part by Bill Klein, long time Sugar Bowl ski school director and ski shop owner in both the Sugar Bowl and San Francisco, and Ernst Hager, former Sugar Bowl instructor and later U.S. Women's Ski Team Coach.