Commonwealth Winter Games

St. Moritz, the venue for all three Games from 1958-66

The Commonwealth Winter Games is a multi-sport event comprising winter sports, last held in 1966. Three editions of the Games have been staged. The Winter Games were designed as a counterbalance to the Commonwealth Games, which focuses on summer sports, to accompany the Winter Olympics and Summer Olympic Games.


The winter Games were founded by T.D. Richardson.[1] The 1958 Commonwealth Winter Games[2] were held in St. Moritz, Switzerland.[3] This was the inaugural games for the winter edition.[1] The 1962 Games were also held in St. Moritz, complementing the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Perth, Australia,[4] and the 1966 event was held in St. Moritz as well,[5] following which the idea was discontinued.

A Winter Games was proposed for 2010 in India, complementing the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. The proposed venue was Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir,[6] where the Indian National Winter Games had previously been held,[7] but the idea did not come to fruition.

List of Commonwealth Winter Games

Edition Year Location Sports
I 1958 St. Moritz, Switzerland
II 1962 St. Moritz, Switzerland
III 1966 St. Moritz, Switzerland
IV 2010 Gulmarg, India Cancelled

See also


  1. 1 2, T.D. Richardson (accessed 7 July 2012)
  2. CBC News, Canadian Ski Museum in trouble, 15 March 2011, Ashley Burke (accessed 7 July 2012)
  3. NZ Collector Services St. Moritz 1958 Commonwealth Winter Games silver medal (accessed 7 July 2012)
  4. Biography of Christine Smith at
  5. Antiques Reporter AU, St. Mortiz 1966 Commonwealth Winter Games bronze medal (accessed 7 July 2012)
  6. "Artificial snow to extend winter games season in Gulmarg". Hindustan Times. 25 February 2007.
  7. "2010 Commonwealth winter sports to be held in Kashmir: Azad". Press Trust of India. 6 January 2006.

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