Training was terminated on February 28, 1941, by lack of snow and permanent change of station. Colonel Muir summarized lessons learned:
The problem of teaching troops to ski is comparatively simple. Young men of good physique, particularly those with well-coordinated sense of balance, can become an expert on skis in a relatively short time. The major problems are those of supporting weapons, ammunition, evacuation, and supply.
In conclusion, he stated: “I believe that ski training is an asset; like the Texan’s six-shooter, you may not need it, but if you ever do, you will need it in a hurry, ‘awful bad.'”
Although the 26th Infantry Regiment was officially designated as the main ski unit of the 1st Division, some portions of the 16th Infantry Regiment, under the command of Colonel Henry C. Cheadle, also began tactical training on skis at Lake Placid on January 9, 1942. Other units that took part in ski maneuvers were the 1st Engineer Battalion and parts of the 28th Infantry Regiment, which was now under the command of Colonel Alexander N. Stark Jr. Stark had succeeded Theodore Roosevelt Jr., who had recently been promoted from Colonel to Brigadier General.
The entire effort was experimental in nature and was not intended to create trained mountain and winter warfare soldiers. Its primary purpose was to serve as a testing ground for future training, and by the end of April 1941, the Army deemed the ski patrol experiments a success and disbanded the units mainly due to a lack of snow. But it would not be long before the first U.S. Army mountain ski unit was created: on October 22, 1941, General Marshall authorized the 1st Battalion of the 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment, the first mountain regiment in U.S. Army history.