Meet the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Class of 2018

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  1. Tricia

    Tricia The Velvet Hammer Admin Pugski Ski Tester

    Nov 1, 2015
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    Class of 2018

    US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
    Snowsport Pioneers Making History

    In August, over 250 industry advocates voted to determine the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The OUTSTANDING individuals listed below were selected from a pool of over 70 nominees to earn a spot in this year’s class.

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    Andrew Weibrecht
    Lake Placid, NY

    Andrew Weibrecht spent 16 years on the US Ski Team. He won a medal at the World Jr Championships. At the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver he won a bronze medal. In 2014 at Sochi Olympics Andrew came in 2nd in Super-G. He was on four World Championship teams representing the United States in 157 World Cup starts. He was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He belongs to the two-medal club (Olympics) along with four other Americans.

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    William Jensen
    Vail, CO

    Bill Jensen is considered one of the US SNOW community’s most acclaimed, and accomplished, persons. His long and illustrious career – running over 35 years – has seen him involved with every aspect of a resort's operation, from on-mountain to sales and marketing to overseeing the complete operation as COO and CEO of a number of resorts. He has been involved with resorts nationwide, including Mammoth, Northstar, Sun Valley, Sunday River, Breckenridge, Vail, and Telluride (with a stint as CEO of Intrawest). At all the resorts Bill has worked at, he is know for improving the operations to benefit customers, employees, and shareholders. But to his many admirers in the ski and snowboard world, his most important contribution is the development and mentoring of people who have chosen to make their careers working in the wonderful world of snow – and because of that, Bill Jensen’s influence extends beyond any one accomplishment of his own doing.

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    Bode Miller
    Coto de Caza, CA

    Bode is the most successful US male skier of our time. He participated in five Olympics, winning one gold, three silver, and two bronze medals. Bode has five World Championship podiums, including four victories. Bode had 438 World Cup starts, with 79 podiums and 33 victories. He won four Crystal Globes, including the overall titles in 2005 and 2008.

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    Don Henderson
    Fairlee, VT

    Don Henderson was a pioneer in the field of ski racing. He was a veteran of World War II and the 10th Mountain Division, a collegiate star at Middlebury in the late 1940s, the US Ski Team's head coach on several occasions, and an outstanding teacher at school for four decades. He put great effort into teaching students about world history, ski racing, and life. His ethics were impeccable, his students all respected him, and he will be remembered for many years to come.

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    Hilary Engisch-Klein
    Stowe, VT

    Hilary Engisch-Klein dominated the world of freestyle mogul skiing over the course of her competitive career, quickly establishing herself as a force to be reckoned with. She began amassing titles during the Women’s Moguls inaugural season in the FIS in 1980, setting the tone for the rest of her career. Hilary’s achievement of being the four-time Women’s World Cup Moguls champion, alongside her 35 World Cup victories, left no question as to why Skiing magazine would name her the “greatest female mogul skier alive.”

    Today, Hilary continues to be heavily involved in carrying on the legacy of skiing. She recently founded Kids on Top, a nonprofit organization that provides children who are combating cancer and other serious diseases the opportunity to enjoy the fun and majesty of outdoor winter sports in a safe and supportive environment. Due to her accomplishments on and off the hill, Hilary is worthy of induction into the US Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame, and her presence in it will be a credit to the fine institution that it is.

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    Kristen Ulmer
    Salt Lake City, UT

    Kristen Ulmer is known as the first female extreme skier. She is legendary for jumping massive cliffs and ripping “fall-you die descents”. In 1997 she became the first female to ski the Grand Teton. She was voted the most extreme woman athlete in North America in 1997, and in 1999 Powder called her “The biggest icon in the ski industry.”Her sponsor’s included Red Bull, Ralph Lauren, and Nikon. Filmmakers such as Warren Miller, The North Face, RAP Productions and TGR featured her in over 25 films.

    Her "Ski To Live" Camps have been featured in NPR, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Sports Illustrated. In 2017, her book The Art of Fear”became a bestseller on Amazon, and today she is a sought after speaker about fear, anxiety, and flow states to clients such as Google, the US Air Force, and Citigroup.

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    Tom Kelly
    Park City, UT

    In a career spanning more than four decades, Tom Kelly has been recognized as a leading spokesperson for skiing, devoting his life to informing and educating as a communicator and inspirational speaker. He has a long a diverse career in the sport. Kelly began as a news and sports photographer and editor for newspapers in Wisconsin. He worked for a midwestern ski area, Telemark, that was small in size but big in vision. Together with friend Peter Graves he founded Worldwide Nordic USA, a travel company that introduced hundreds of cross country skiers to new worlds. Most notably, he served U.S. Ski & Snowboard for 32 years as vice president, communications. He has been active within the US Olympic Committee and International Ski Federation, including 14-year chairman of the FIS PR and Mass Media Committee. He has been a devotee to the history of the sport with leadership roles within the US Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame, Alf Engen Ski Museum Foundation, and others.

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    Tom Sims
    Solvang, CA

    Tom Sims (1950-2012) was an American athlete, inventor, and entrepreneur. In 1963, he built a “skiboard,” combining his favorite sports of skiing, skateboarding, and surfing. Tom became one of the original pioneers of snowboarding and made significant innovations to the equipment. He founded SIMS Snowboards & Skateboards in 1976. He was a world champion in both snowboarding and skateboarding. Tom’s appearance as the stunt double to James Bond in the 1985 movie A View to a Kill, helped catapult snowboarding into a mainstream sport. Tom was instrumental in getting snowboarding to become an Olympic sport in 1998. More history at
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    Tricia The Velvet Hammer Admin Pugski Ski Tester

    Nov 1, 2015
    Information about the induction ceremony being held in Park City, Utah
    A formal induction will be held for the star-studded group of 8 noted skiing and snowboarding pioneers, athletes and sport builders on April 6, 2019 in Salt Lake City, UT. The celebration returns to Utah for the third time. The National Induction was held in Park City in 2014 and previously in 2009.

    Park City, UT will host “Snowsport History Celebration” April 4-6, 2019, with several events to welcome the class of 2018 to Utah. This three-day celebration will culminate with the induction ceremony in Salt Lake City at Little America. The annual induction honors not only athletes, but industry icons, innovators and inventors with lifelong national and international achievements in all facets of snowsport. With the legacy of the 2002 Winter Games and the long lineage of celebrated athletes, Park City Mountain provides a spectacular backdrop for Snowsport History Celebration events culminating with the induction ceremony.

    Click Here to reserve tickets or tables for the event
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    Carolinacub Yes thats a Cubs hat I'm wearing Skier

    May 2, 2017
    Asheville NC
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