First Lahti Ski Games were held in 1923.
1923 Lahti Ski Games were held for the first time. The idea of have the games game from Mr. Lauri Pihkala. He wanted to bring the games to Lahti because of it´s centered position and variable terrain.
1924 Ski Games lasted four days. Finnish Army championships were included.
1925 Lack of snow forced to postpone the games two times. Finally games were held in March, 19.-22.
1926 So called Kongress Games gathered 15 nations. The skiing world started to know Lahti and Ski Games around the world.
1927 The Great lottery was kept to “establish Ski Games and raise Finnish skiing”. Lottery ticket cost 3 FIM, and the main prize was 100 000 FIM bank account.
1929 Athletes competed to win 9 different challenge cups. Prizes were donated by corporations from Lahti
1930 No Games were held because lack of snow. Afterwards Games have been cancelled only two times.
1932 Finnish President visited Lahti Ski Games for the first time. After this the Presidents have changed, but visits have been regular.
1934 Programme included ski jumping in the evening with spectacular fireworks after competition. “The Meeting point” for the teenagers was the illuminated “Track of love”.
1938 Over 100 000 spectators game to World Ski Championships. This was the first time to that the amount of spectators exceeded 100 000 limit. Championships were held on new stadium and ski jumping hill.
1940 The Winter War forced to cancel the Lahti Ski Games .