In the early 1900's some traditionally winter sports were included in the summer Olympics program such as figure scating in the 1908 London games and ice hockey and figure skating in Antwerp in 1920. These could be catered for due to their indoor nature.
A range of outdoor winter sports were gaining popularity in this time, including skiing, and bobsledding. In 1924 when Paris was to host the summer Olympics the town of Chamonix was planning a winter sports festival. It was proposed to the International Winter Olymics committee that the be recognised as the Winter Olympics.
Despite some initial resistance it was ultimatly approved and was very successful and thus launching the successful future of the Winter Olympics.
- 1924: Chamonix, France
- 1928: St. Moritz, Switzerland
- 1932: Lake Placid, New York
- 1936: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
- 1948: St. Moritz, Switzerland
- 1952: Oslo, Norway
- 1956: Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
- 1960: Squaw Valley, California
- 1964: Innsbruck, Austria
- 1968: Grenoble, France
- 1972: Sapporo, Japan
- 1976: Innsbruck, Austria
- 1980: Lake Placid, New York
- 1984: Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
- 1988: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- 1992: Albertville, France
- 1994: Lillehammer, Norway
- 1998: Nagano, Japan
- 2002: Salt Lake City, Utah
- 2006: Torino, Italy