Club History

Loretto Ski Resort was built by Frank Stripinis and his wife Greshina in 1963/4 and opened in 1965. It was between Hwy 50 and Airport roads north of Hwy 9. There were three runs initially and one T-bar and one rope tow. The height was 185 feet. Frank opened this as a weekend hobby while he was working at Ontario Hydro.

The Loretto Ski Club was started shortly after the Resort opened, and had the usual training and competitive races with neighbor clubs like Hockley and Valley Schuss. Successfully operating for 34 years until 1999 when Frank decided that the maintaining and operating the hills became too much and sold the property.

The Chalet is still active as a Ski and Board Shop run by Frank's Son Linas. Some of the Club members had considered that the hill may close and had moved on to some of the local Clubs like Mansfield and Cedar Highlands. The remaining families involved in the Race Club decided to look around for an opportunity and found that MSLM had closed their race program 10 years before and were open to reviving it. Discussions with Yosul and Elfreide Huter allowed the Loretto Race Club to rename and transfer to MSLM.

There were about 30 athletes in the year 2000 when we started operation at MSLM as the Glacier Ski Club.