The Kennedy family caused a stir in Park City last month when they arrived for the Sundance film premiere of Rory Kennedy’s HBO documentary Ethel - a portrayal of her famously private 83 year-old mother. Rory Kennedy, a prolific independent film maker (Ghosts of Abu Ghraib), is is the youngest of Ethel and Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s 11 children. The film documents Ethel’s recollection of the civil rights movement, the Cuban missile crisis, and other pivotal events in world history. Ethel reveals on camera that she fell in love “at first sight” with Robert F. Kennedy on a ski trip to Mont Tremblant Resort in Quebec in 1945.
It’s not surprising that Ethel began her romance with Bobby Kennedy at a ski resort. Skiing has always been a Kennedy tradition and over the years the family has attracted a great deal of media attention to the sport.
Bobby and Ted were both expert skiers and proponents of skiing – both were named in SKI Magazine’s 1964 list of the most influential people in the ski industry.
Jackie Kennedy, a novice skier compared to the rest of the family, loved to ski and was photographed on the slopes of Vermont, Idaho and Switzerland. She reportedly took John and Caroline to stay with brother-in-law Bobby in Sun Valley after her husband’s assassination, in order to maintain normalcy for their children.
The following images of the Kennedy family at ski resorts are culled from the archives of The Daily Beast, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Aspen Sojourner, IHeartTheKennedys.com and People Magazine.