The second half of the 19th century was marked by a rapid development of skiing in the alpine and scandinavian countries. The eastern Carpathian mountains, which were explored by Polish tourists, were part of Galicia, a part of Polish lands, which were then under Austro-Hungarian occupation. It simplified communication and brought trends and solutions to this area. On 29 January 1907 the first Polish association created to propagate skiing was founded in Lviv. This association, apart from organizing trips and skiing competitions, was running a centre in Bieszczady mountains, Gorgany and Chornohora where they have built two mountain hostels: in Sławsko in Bieszczady and on Połonina Maryszewska in Charnohora. They have also started other tourist organizations in Polish area and cofounded Polish Skiing Association - an organization existing still today. The activity of the Carpathian Skiers Association was ended by the starting of the Second World War, in the wake of which Poland has lost Lviv, the former seat of the Association and Eastern Carpathians which were the area of its operations.
Full tekst: L. Rak, E. Małolepszy, Narciarstwo Polskie 1888-2008, Jasło 2009.
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