To the Slopes with Errol

14 Jan





Photo at top is of Errol and his Sugar Bowl Buddy, Hannes Schroll, the legendary Austrian Dare Devil, Yodeler, and Ski Slope Character.

— Tim


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    January 14, 2017 at 9:34 pm


    “The winter playground for many actors when it first opened, Sugar Bowl frequently welcomed Errol Flynn, who liked to sit on the porch of the popular lodge. He reportedly soaked up the sun while also keeping a close eye on the ladies. Girl watching might have been his favorite pastime, but the rumor mill indicates the swashbuckling actor was a fairly gifted skier as well.”

  2. shangheinz

    January 15, 2017 at 10:03 am


    Flynntabulous Stetsonman Tim! I have never seen these skiing pics of Errol, I wonder if anybody of our fellow Flynn fans has. You won yourself another Olympic scholar medal.

    • Sergio

      January 15, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      Cant be..
      I know he would add /vodka to it all, or was there a healthy nutritional side we did not know about the ol’e Fynnster? David maybe you could get Rory to enlightened us on this milky side of him…

    • Gentleman Tim

      January 15, 2017 at 11:11 pm

      Double danke to you, winterheinz, and to your double dare countrymate for schrolling out the plans for sugar bowl, where Errol was at his peak going downhill.

      All praise for the photos goes to the Donner Summit Historical Society, which in addition to photos of Flynn, may also have some rare Donna Reed Party photos.


      • The Zaca

        January 16, 2017 at 5:13 pm

        I don’t know how many Californians troll this site, but I have stopped at the Donner Historical society’s museum a few times on treks over to the Bay Area from N. Nevada.

        It is quaint yet packed full of memorabilia and photos that can absorb you for hours. And, their coffee ain’t half bad either.

        Located on the historic original Highway 40 which has now become, in most parts, Interstate 80, there is still an un-ruined swath of Old 40 that Errol and pals trekked on – that you too can drive about on and see some incredible scenery, simply by detouring off 80 and following signs. Takes you through the “old part” of Donner Summit, where old weekend lodges still sit back in the pines and you swear you feel like you’ve entered a time warp. Definitely worth the detour and time, folks.

  3. The Zaca

    January 15, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Great post, love the photos. He looked so dashing!

  4. shangheinz

    January 16, 2017 at 4:06 pm


    More to scroll on Schroll:…

    The powder of the Sugar Bowl:…

    • The Zaca

      January 16, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      Oh drool. You know people looked more…sophisticated in the ski outfits they wore back then – am I alone in that thought? Less flash, more rugged, plain yet striking. Wonderful photo thanks!!!

      • Gentleman Tim

        January 16, 2017 at 6:52 pm

        Thank you, Flynnian Ski History Buddies, SH & TZ. Here’s some excellent shotz of Hanns and those early American ski outfitz! And likely some of the sweet and very-well-sloped beauties Errol both chased and ran from up at Sugar Bowl. This video was taken in Yosemite, where Schroll first held school.…


  5. Ada Klock

    January 17, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I enjoyed the article and the photos along with the comments.

    The first pic of Errol in his black sweater and light slacks, including the one with Schroll, are probably late December of 1941 at Sugar Bowl in Norden, Calif. By chance, do you have a date?

    Flynn was on vacation for a few weeks about that time.

    The next shot in the comments has a brief video, Flynn wearing a plaid shirt over a turtleneck. That was taken on March 17, 1940 at the Sugar Bowl on his return from the premiere of Virginia City in Reno. This may have been his first real attempt on skis.

    The next pic of Flynn in a plaid shirt over another white shirt with his hands in his hair, was not at the Sugar Bowl. It was on December 14, 1940 at Hyde State Park outside of Santa Fe, N. Mex, during the premiere of Santa Fe Trail.

    The last photo, in color with Rita Hayworth, was at the same Hyde State Park function.

    • Gentleman Tim

      January 18, 2017 at 12:05 am

      Thank you for the updated information and comment, Ada! Your remarkable knowledge and factual contributions are greatly appreciated and always welcome.