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September 27th, 2011
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Последнее дело Холмса

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Date:September 30th, 2011 07:22 am (UTC)
Few people associate Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with skiing, but the creator of Sherlock Holmes became a keen skier after he was introduced to the sport during his stay in Switzerland in 1893. He had seen skiing a few years earlier in Norway, and noted that the topography and climate of Switzerland was perfect for the sport. Full of enthusiasm, he sent away to Norway for some skis.

Conan Doyle took lessons from local skiers Tobias and Johannes Branger, and once he had mastered the basics he and the Branger brothers decided that they wanted to put skiing to the test. First they scaled the Jacobshorn, a 7,700-foot mountain. Next the three men took a trip to Arosa, a nearby town that in the winter could only be reached by a long railroad trip. It involved crossing a pass of almost nine thousand feet in elevation and traversing some dangerous terrain. On 23 March 1894, Conan Doyle became the first Englishman to cross the 2,440m Maienfelder Furka pass above Davos and ski down to Arosa on the other side.

This was indeed an historical event, as it was the first ski tour in the Alps. Conan Doyle predicted, “the time will come when hundreds of Englishmen will come to Switzerland for a skiing season.” Due in part to his popularization of the sport, he was right.
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