It all started back in 1960 when skiers from Air France and Swissair were invited to take part in ski carnival races at Alaska’s Arctic Valley just outside of Anchorage.
Although the races were started at Arctic Valley, they were soon at both Arctic Valley and Mt. Alyeska. They were moved to Mt. Alyeska exclusively and remained there under the sponsorship of the Anchorage Times until 1975.
In 1976 the venue moved to Mt. Hood, Oregon and has been held on three continents at many different resorts since that time. This resulted in need for an association or Federation to oversee the conduct and scheduling of future events.Howard Clifford was elected the first president and presided over the first meet under Federation sanction at Les Diablerets, Switzerland in 1977.
The Federation became a non-profit corporation under the laws of State of Washington, USA on 5 December 1977. The purpose of, but not limited to, was the fostering of national and international amateur sports competition and the development and maintenance of the sport of skiing among airline employees throughout the world.