During World War II, a group of skiers made up of Lowell Thomas , a noted journalist
and adventurer, a local forest ranger, and many Davis Monthan serviceman which included
Thomas’ son, later a Governor of Alaska, and Art Devlin, a future Olympic ski jumper
and Television commentator, formed the Sahuaro Ski Club. The well known cartoonist,
Paul Webb, created a patch and membership certificates for the club showing a skier
wrapped around a sahuaro cactus. Thomas sent honorary memberships to dozens of friends,
famous personalities around the world, making membership a tongue in cheek must.
A ski gala was held that first year at the Arizona Inn with many of Thomas’ friends
in attendance. A Forest Service lease was obtained, an old model “A” with it’s tires
removed propelled a rope tow and Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley had it’s beginning.
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