Ski Congress 2017

1.3.2017 - 4.3.2017
University of Jyväskylä, Finland

The Finnish Society for Sports History, The Finnish Society of Sport Sciences, The Department of History and Ethnology and the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences jointly organize the Ski Congress 2017 at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, 1st – 4th of March, 2017.

We invite to the Congress researchers and scholars to discuss and analyze the international relations of skiing, its societal significance and impact on human physical and mental well-being. We want to touch upon the

climactic moments and sore points which skiing has brought about.

We understand skiing as multi-faceted outdoor recreation which includes all traditional winter sports in skiing as well as ways to move and exercise on skis, including skiing tourism.

History is the main field of study in the Congress but we want to approach winter sports and recreation multi-scientifically. Along with historians we expect that representatives of ethnology, physical education, museology, sociology and media sciences among others answer our call as we aim at encompassing the Congress thematic from past to the future.

The Congress languages are English and Finnish.

Concerning the Congress programme: On the 1st of March we share the opening ceremony and enjoy the welcome reception. The 2nd and 3rd of March are reserved for the scientific programme. On the 4th of March there is a possibility to join an excursion to the World Championships of Skiing in Lahti. One can also visit the Lahti Museum for Skiing there.

We ask all interested to send the abstracts of their presentations (one A4) to Congress Secretary Piia Pöyhönen (piia.poyhonen(at) the 31st of December at the latest. 

The scientific committee of the Congress is composed of Professor Hannu Itkonen, Docent Heikki Roiko-Jokela, Docent Anssi Halmesvirta, Dr Jari Kanerva, Dr Arja Turunen and Ph.D. Antero Holmila from the University of Jyväskylä.

Ski Congress 2017 Jyväskylä shall edit Congress proceedings from selected presentations. Notification to authors of acceptance of abstract will be send the 20 th of January at the latest.  We ask the authors to send in a written summary of c. 12.000 bytes.

The Patron for Ski Congress 2017 is the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport (ISHPES).


Preliminary program

Wednesday 1th of March 2017

17.00─17.30 Opening Ceremony (H320)
National Sports Council, Ministry of Education and Culture / Valtion liikuntaneuvosto, Opetus ja kulttuuriministeriö: Dr. / FT Jari Kanerva
The Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences / Liikuntatieteellinen tiedekunta: Head of Faculty Administration / hallintopäällikkö Heikki Herva
Department of History and Ethnology / Historian ja etnologian laitos: Deputy Head / varajohtaja, docent / dosentti Heli Valtonen
The Finnish Society for Sports History / Suomen urheiluhistoriallinen seura: Docent/dosentti Anssi Halmesvirta
17.30─18.30     Keynote (H320)
(Heikki Roiko-Jokela, Chair)
Kalle Virtapohja, FT (PhD.): Urho Kekkonen – hiihtävä presidentti, Urho Kekkonen – the skiing president
19.15─22.00 Opening Reception

Thursday 2nd of March 2017

9.00─10.00       Keynote (H320)
(Leena Laine, Chair)
Gertrud Pfister, Professor, Dr., Dr., University of Copenhagen: Are dare devils always male? Women’s participation in the Winter X-Games
10.00─10.30     Coffee/Tea Break
10.30─12 Session I (H320)
(Ilkka Nummela, Chair)
Susan Barton, PhD., De Montfort University: Snow, Sport and Style – the first century of winter sports fashion
Anssi Halmesvirta, Docent, D.Phil., University of Jyväskylä: Sports of All Sports. Cross Country Skiing as National Panacea in Finland at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Isak Lidström, PhD. Student, Malmö University: Among “rational ascetics” and “noble savages”. Ethnicity and identities in Swedish cross-country skiing during the interwar period
12─13.30 Lunch restaurant Tilia (Seminaarinkatu 15, building T, 40100 Jyväskylä)
13.30─15.00 Parallel Sessions II or III
 Session II (H320)
(Leena Laine, Chair)
Andreas Brugger, PhD., Montafon Archiv, Gymnasium Bludenz: Skiing as a unifying element during the period of French occupation in western Austria (1945–1955)
William D. Franck, PhD., University of Washington: Mud in the tracks and Soviet wax. Nikolai Vasil’ev at Russia’s first international ski race 1913
Antero Holmila, PhD., University of Jyväskylä: The games must go on – but without Karl Schranz. Sapporo 1972 Games Controversy and the Question of Olympic Amateurism
Session III (H306)
(Anssi Halmesvirta, Chair)
Ayiken Jiashan, M.A.: The Cradle of Skiing – Altai China
Charles Little, PhD., Senior Lecture, St Mary's University Twickenham: The Winter Asiad. The Event and its Meanings
Ville Kallinen, PhD. Student, Research Institute of Olympic Sports / KIHU: Motor performance and achviement motivation among children participating in cross country skiing
15─15.30 Coffee, tea
15.30─17 Parallel Sessions IV or V
Session / Sessio IV (H320)
(Suvi Kuisma, Chair)
Janne Vilkuna, Professor, University of Jyväskylä: Ancient Skis from Museum of the Lake District of South Ostrobothnia, Finland
Borut Batagelj, PhD., Zgodovinski arhiv Celje: Archives and Ski History
Session / Sessio V (H306), (Finnish language session)
(Antero Holmila, puheenjohtaja)
Jouko Kokkonen, FT, Liikuntatieteellinen Seura: Hiihto sodan käynnin välineenä ensimmäisessä maailmansodassa ja siihen liittyvissä sodissa
Jouni Lavikainen, tohtoriopiskelija, Helsingin yliopisto: Puistohiihdoista pooleihin – hiihdon ammattilaistumisen aihioita 1960–1990
Ilkka Nummela, professori, Jyväskylän yliopisto & Timo Siukonen, tietokirjailija: Lumipukuisten suomalaissotilaiden teollinen turva talven hangille. Suomalainen puusuksiteollisuus toisen maailmansodan aikana
1922 Dinner Restaurant Ylistö (Survontie 9 C, 40500 Jyväskylä)

Friday 3rd of March 2017                                                                                               

9─10 Keynote (H320)
(Hannu Itkonen, Chair)

John Allen, Emeritus Professor of History, Plymouth State University: Immigrant Values and New World Mores. On Skis in America 1890–c.1920
10─10.30 Coffee, tea
10.30─12 Parallel Sessions VI or VII
Session VI (H320)
(Hannu Itkonen, Chair)
Suvi Kuisma, M.A., Lahti City Museum, Ski Museum: Lahti International Ski City – the Development of Lahti City to Remarkable Ski Games Resort 1920’s to 1950’s
Esa Mangeloja, Docent, PhD., University of Jyväskylä: Lumilautailun taloustiede – Economics of Snowboarding
Christof Thöny, Mag. Prof., Gymnasium Bludenz: The development of organized winter tourism in Austria. The example of the DAKS (Deutsche Arlberg Kurse Schneider)
Session VII (H306)
Heikki Roiko-Jokela, dosentti, FT, Jyväskylän yliopisto: Hurmoshetkiä ja kipupisteitä, paneelikeskustelu (Panel discussion, in Finnish)
Ismo Björn, dosentti, FT, Itä-Suomen yliopisto
Jouko Kokkonen, FT, Liikuntatieteellinen Seura
Maria Rantala, FM, LIKES-tutkimuskeskus
Jorma Rahkonen, FM, Keskisuomalainen
12─13.30 Lunch/lounas restaurant Tilia (Seminaarinkatu 15, building T, 40100 Jyväskylä)
13.30─15 Parallel Sessions VIII or IX
Session VIII (H320), (Finnish language session)
(Heikki Roiko-Jokela, puheenjohtaja)
Ilkka Kulmala, journalist, Keskisuomalainen: Katsaus suomalaiseen mäkihyppyyn
Ismo Björn, dosentti, FT, Itä-Suomen yliopisto & Hannu Itkonen, professori, Jyväskylän yliopisto: Suomalainen mäkihyppy – Laajeneminen, kontekstiaalisuus ja tavoitteellisuus
Esa Sironen, YTT, Jyväskylä: Mäkihyppy ja yhteiskunta
Session IX (H306)
(Kalle Virtapohja, Chair)
Leif Yttergren, Lecture, PhD., The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences: Skiign and politics. World Ski Championships in Cortina d´Ampezzo 1941 and the relationship between Sweden and Norway after World War II
Leena Laine, Lic.Phil.: Twigs on the track – about the discrimination against women in the Nordic skiing
Enn Mainla, Senior Researcher, Estonian Sports and Olympics Museum: The Estonians as apprentices at the world championships in Lahti 1938
15─15.30 Coffee, tea
15.30─17 Keynote (H320)
(Hannu Itkonen, Chair)
Anna-Liisa Ojala, PhD., University of Jyväskylä: Snow. Fake, real and profitable (Lumi: jäljitelmää, aitoa ja tuottoisaa)
16.30─17 Closing Ceremony
Closing Words, Hannu Itkonen, Professor, University of Jyväskylä
Saturday 4th of Mach 2017
Excursion to Lahti2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.

Preliminary schedule/program:

·         8:00  departure from Jyväskylä
·         Visit to the museum
·         Lunch
·         14:30 Cross-country skiing ladies 30 km
·         17:15 Ski Jumping Men Team Competition HS 130
·         Competition Programme:
·         Stadium F3:
·         19 Fireworks
·         Returning to Jyväskylä or you can continue straight to Helsinki​

Important Dates

August 2016

1st Announcement for abstract submission (submission opens)

31st of December 2016

Abstract submission closes.

20th of January 2017

Notification to authors of acceptance of abstract.

10th of February 2017

Registration closes

1st‒4th of March 2017

Ski Congress 2017




The conference fees are:

220 €

Conference fee and excursion to Lahti2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships

190 € 

Conference fee and excursion to Lahti2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships (Members of SUHS & LTS)

170 € 

Student conference fee and excursion to Lahti2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships (Master students)

160 €

Conference fee

130 € 

Conference fee (Members of SUHS & LTS)

110 €

Student conference fee (Master students)


The congress fee includes access to conference presentations and materials, opening reception, lunches, coffees and conference dinner.

The excursion fee to Lahti2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships includes, the trip Jyväskylä-Lahti-Jyväskylä, ticket to competition 1 (CC Ladies 30 km Free and Men Team Competition HS130) and a visit to Lahti Ski Museum.

Accommodation and travelling costs are not included in the conference fees. Further details on accommodation options can be found below.


Registration to Ski Congress 2017 is closed.

In case of cancellation, the registration fee is refundable with following conditions:
Cancellation made before the 13th of February, the refund is 100 % of the fee.
Cancellation made after the 13th of February 2017, the fee is not refundable.
Cancellation is made to Linda Raivio (linda.raivio(at)

Congress Venue
The conference venue is the H-building at the University of Jyväskylä.  
The Address is Seminaarinkatu 15, 40100 Jyväskylä

Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony will take place at the H-building of University of Jyväskylä Campus on Wednesday the 1st of March 2017 from 17.00 o’clock.

Congress Dinner

The Congress Dinner will be on Thursday the 2nd of March 2017 from 19.00 o’clock at the restaurant Ylistö (Survontie 9 C, 40500 Jyväskylä)


Conference participants are responsible for reserving their own hotel accommodation. We recommend that all participants reserve their hotel accommodation as soon as possible.

We have pre-booked a fixed number of rooms with special prices. Please book the rooms directly from the hotels by telephone, email or Internet using the booking code. Please check the reservation and cancellation policy of the hotels while making your reservation.

To make your booking, see the information below.

Hotel Alba

Set in the middle of beautiful lake scenery, the Alba Hotel is only a kilometer from the centre of Jyväskylä. The hotel is also near the place where the congress will be held. Free parking, some slots equipped with car-heater points. Restaurant and two conference rooms, sauna. Partly-covered summer terrace with a view of the lake.

Ahlmaninkatu 4, FIN-40100 Jyväskylä
Tel +358 (0)14 636 311, E-mail:
Single room:                                 94,80 € /room/night
Double room:                               115, 80 € /room/night
Breakfast included
Reservation deadline:              the 1st of February 2017
Code for reservation:               Ski Congress

Scandic Jyväskylä

Hotel Scandic Jyväskylä stands only a stone's throw from Jyvaskyla city centre, offering a great location for your Jyväskylä visit. Attractions such as Jyväskylä harbor and the promenade with shops are located a short walk from the hotel. The city's tourist centre is only a 5 minute walk away.

Vapaudenkatu 73, FIN-40100 Jyväskylä, Finland
Tel: +358 14 330 30 00, E-mail:
Single room:                               95 € /room/night
Double room:                             105 € /room/night
Breakfast included
Reservation deadline:             the 28th of January 2017
Code for reservation:               BSKI280217


How to Reach Jyväskylä?

The city of Jyväskylä is located in Central Finland, some 270 km north of Helsinki, and is best reached by plane, train or bus. The connections are relatively frequent and the journey from Helsinki to Jyväskylä takes 3-4 hours by train.

By Plane: Most of the flights to Finland arrive at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (about 20 km from the centre of Helsinki). From Helsinki-Vantaa Airport you may continue by plane, by bus or by train to Jyväskylä. Should you continue by plane, you will arrive at Jyväskylä airport some 25 minutes after the take-off. The airport is located about 16 km from the centre of Jyväskylä. There is not a regular bus connection from the airport to the centre of the town, you might need to take a taxi to the center of town. Please book the connecting flight at your local travel agency. Please note that it is advisable to book a taxi from Jyväskylä airport to your hotel already while arriving to Helsinki! There is not taxis available in the Jyvaskyla airport without booking made in advance. Taxi Jyväskylä: +358100 6900.

By Bus: There is a direct bus connection from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to Jyväskylä . The trip will take 4 -5 hours. The timetable for buses: The buses leave next to the International terminal at the airport.

By Train: If you choose to travel by train, there is a new ring rail line that brings an easy connection from Helsinki Airport to all of Finland. When taking the train from the airport, there is one transfer at the Tikkurila station. From Tikkurila there are direct connections to Jyväskylä, but in some cases you will have to change trains at Tampere. The journey to Jyväskylä will take 3 to 4 hours. Train connections:


The Finnish Society for Sport History
The Finnish Society of Sports Sciences
University of Jyväskylä, Department of History and Ethnology
University of Jyväskylä, Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences

Links to the websites
University of Jyväskylä:
Ski Museum:
Lahti2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships:
The Finnish Society for Sport History:
The Finnish Society of Sports Sciences:

More information
Congress Secretary kongressisihteeri,Master of Sport Sciences / liikuntatieteiden maisteri Piia Pöyhönen, piia.poyhonen (a), +358 40 172 2288
Docent/dosentti Heikki Roiko-Jokela, heikki.roiko-jokela (a), +358 40 805 3995



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