The History of the All Cal

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The Old Years

All Cal Hosts 1954 through
  1973 - Lake Tahoe
1974 - Aspen
1975 - Steamboat
1976 - Lake Tahoe
1977 - Crested Butte
1978 - Crested Butte
1979 - Jackson Hole
1980 - Aspen
1981 - Vail
1982 - Steamboat
1983 - Winter Park
1984 - Aspen
1985 - Whistler
1986 - Aspen
1987 - Steamboat
1988 - Vail
1989 - Breckenridge
1990 - Aspen
1991 - Vail
1992 - Steamboat
1993 - Copper Mountain
1994 - Steamboat
1995 - Steamboat
1996 - Whistler
1997 - Big Sky
1998 - Telluride
1999 - Mt. Bachelor
2000 - Steamboat
2001 - Aspen
2002 - Breckenridge
2003 - Big Sky
2004 - Telluride
2005 - Steamboat
2006 - Crested Butte
2007 - Fernie
2008 - Whitefish, MT
2009 - Park City, Utah
2010 - Jackson Hole
2011 - Steamboat
2012 - Big Sky, MT
It's good to know your roots, and we pay close attention to them. The All Cal has been a U.C. Ski Club tradition for 55 years and we intend to keep a proud tradition.

Founded in 1954, the All Cal began as a joint ski trip from three U.C. campuses to Lake Tahoe. For twenty years this tradition continued, with more schools joining the mix and around 250-400 participants each year.

In 1974 student Director Hal Levanthal opted to break the Tahoe tradition and bring the group to Aspen, Colorado. The 1974 All Cal
  • Destination: Aspen, Colorado
  • Five nights lodging - The Wildwood and Silvertree Inn
  • Four day lift pass
  • Roundtrip airfare to Aspen via Hughes Air West
  • Ground transfers from the airport
  • Two mountain picnics
  • To parties/dances
  • Two races
  • Trip Price: $169
  • Adjusted for inflation: $741
Seven U.C. clubs and a dozen state schools headed east to Aspen with over 1,350 participants. Overnight the All Cal became the largest ski trip in the country.

The following year the U.C. club and the state school clubs split ways. It was agreed the U.C. clubs would keep the 'All Cal' name. The state schools started a similar trip that faded over the next few years.

In 1979 events were added to the All Cal, and a competition for the All Cal Cup was formed. This year will mark the 28th time the trophy has been handed down to the winning clubs. More events were added over time... Broomball (1982), Thumper (1984), the costume contest (1985, now defunct) Boat Race (1991). In more recent years Race the Mountain (1998) and Flip Cup (2004) have been added to the competition.

The largest All Cal occurred in 1980, with 1,610 U.C. students attending. Over the next dozen years attendance hovered around 1,000 participants until 1993, when the tripling of tuition fees and a weak California economy brought the number down to a low of 500 in 1998. Since then the attendance has rebounded to 700+ (including Berkeley) and the All Cal appears on-course over the next few years for a nice stretch. We hope you'll decide to enjoy this tradition!