Yes, Jews do ski, thank you

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 22, 2009 6:59 pm

I’m continuing my desire to rid the world of skiing stereotypes. Growing up, I always asked my parents why we didn’t take more ski trips. My mother always had a few excuses, but there’s one that stuck with me. “Well, honey, skiing isn’t a very Jewish sport”. Hmm? I’m sorry? What is a Jewish sport? Bobbing for Matzoh balls?

Granted, I’ll agree there aren’t many great Jewish athletes out there, let alone great Jewish skiers, but that’s in large part because there simply aren’t many Jews around! I’m just curious how this stereotype of Jews being bad at sports started. Can anyone say Sandy Koufax? For people who don’t think Jews enjoy skiing, and other outdoor sports, take a trip with Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America and learn that yes, Jews do in fact ski. Here’s some info from their website: “Mosaic Outdoor (Mountain) Clubs of America is a network of Jewish outdoor clubs dedicated to organizing outdoor and environmental activities for Jewish singles, couples and families. There are 25+ clubs located throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel. Mosaic serves Jews of all ages, both married and single, who share a love for nature and the outdoors. Join us for hiking, biking, camping, canoeing, rock climbing, backpacking, skiing, sailing, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, skating, volleyball, horseback riding, and more!!!”

As our colleague Zeke Piestrup says, “Skiing is all-inclusive. Black, white, straight, gay, Jew, Catholic…it don’t matter. Throw on some skis and let’s go for a ride”. Mazel Tov!