An Article Of Interest -- "SHERLOCK CREATOR AWOKE BRITAIN’S LOVE OF SKIING" From Scottish Fields

Credit: Herbert Rose Barraud (1845 - c1896) [Public domain],
via Wikimedia Commons
I don't have to question whether or not anyone who is reading this has heard of Sherlock Holmes. The character has been quite popular for many years, starting with stories from the original creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Though known best for his stories about the greatest detective to ever grace fiction, it would seem that he may have had a hand in making the sport of skiing not only popular to other British folks of his time but may have also introduced it to them as well.

In this piece from the Scottish  Field, the author teaches readers a lesson in the history of Doyle's time in Switzerland. Though there as an attempt to treat his wife's tuberculosis by being in the high mountain air, Doyle also tried his hand, or perhaps feet would be more appropriate, at skiing. After he had done so, he wrote about it for a popular British magazine of the time, the same magazine that would publish his Sherlock Holmes stories.

It's a very interesting read. To think that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was one of the founding fathers of skiing in the Alps as the 19th century turned to the 20th, at least for those from the United Kingdom at any rate. It's the kind of thing that will now earn his memory even more respect from the skiing and riding community.

Sherlock creator awoke Britain's love of skiing - Scottish Field

It's hard to imagine that just over a century ago skiing in the Alps was unheard of - and might never have caught on without the determined efforts of the intrepid Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In 1893 Doyle took his wife Louisa and two young children to Davos, in Switzerland, in the hope of finding a high-altitude cure for Louisa's tuberculosis.


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