Skiing wasn’t as common of a sport as it is now, however Walt Disney wasn’t a stranger to the sport. He had taken ski lessons in Yosemite from Hannes Schroll, an Austrian ski champion and famous ski instructor. When Schroll wanted to developed a ski area, Disney helped him finance it and became stockholder in Sugar Bowl near Donner Pass, California. In honour of Walt Disney’s donation, Schroll renamed Hemlock Peak, Mount Disney. The Sugar Bowl Lodge is seen in the opening scene of this short film.
The Art of Skiing is a Goofy cartoon made by Walt Disney Productions in 1941. It has historical significance as the first cartoon to use the goofy holler.
It was also the first of the Goofy “How To” Sport cartoons. Schroll was noted for the yodeling.
Skiing Heritage 2009
The trademark “Goofy yell” originated with Hannes Schroll yodel recorded for the cartoon. (…) And onscreen Goofy made skiing seem like goofy and crazy fun. The next weekend (after the premiere), skiers with kids mobbed the desk in the Sugar Bowl lodge for tickets.
“Skiing is fast becoming the most popular of all winter sport, and small wonder for there is no finest conquest of that of a mountain glad in its glorious winter mantle of glittering white” — opening of The Art of Skiing