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AUGUST 22, 2019, ISHPEMING, MI – A remarkable group of 7 noted skiing athletes and snow sport builders have been announced as inductees to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019. This year’s Class of 2019 Inductees were announced at the Hall of Fame Museum in the Upper Peninsula town of Ishpeming Michigan on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. They will be formally inducted next March in Sun Valley, Idaho.
On March 24-28, 2020, Sun Valley Resort will celebrate ski and snowboard history as it welcomes the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame to honor its class of 2019. The event will honor athletes and sport builders with lifelong national and international achievements in the sport. Sun Valley, with the legacy of its rich and expansive lineage of celebrated athletes and the historic relevance of being know as the birthplace of destination skiing in America will provide a fitting backdrop for the various events
More details and tickets for the March 28, 2020 induction will be available at SkiHall.com on September 1st.
Among the inductees are freestyle skiing legend Scotty Brooksbank, Iconic American ski champion and mountaineer Kit DesLauriers and nordic combined Olympic medalist Johnny Spillane. Also joining the class are the two co-founders of the National Brotherhood of Skiers – Arthur Clay and Benjamin Finley, along with the late, Grandfather of snowboarding and inventor of the Snurfer, Sherman Poppen. Rounding out the Class of 2019 is the ski film visionary Greg Stump, and Jim Niehues a passionate artist who has created hundreds of hand-painted resort maps still used today.
A national voting panel of over 350 individuals selects the incoming class each year. The class of 2019 will be inducted and honored in Sun Valley, ID, on March 28, 2020 and enshrined the following September at the Hall of Fame in Ishpeming, MI where in 1905 the National Ski Association of America (now U.S. Ski & Snowboard) was formed.
Alpine skiing superstar Spider Sabich was also selected during this years election. His honoring and induction has been deffered to a future Hall of Fame event.
- The announcement of the 7 new members of the incoming class of 2019 was made on
Wednesday, August 21st in Ishpeming, MI.
- Eight people have been elected to the Hall of Fame this year. They are: Scotty
Brooksbank, Kit DesLaurier, Johnny Spillane, Arthur Clay and Benjamin Finley, Sherman
Poppen, Greg Stump and Jim Niehues.
- The new inductees will bring the total to 442 Honored Members in the U.S. Ski and
Snowboard Hall of Fame.
- Sun Valley has been selected as the resort site of the 2020 induction ceremony of the U.S.
Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and the Snowsport History Celebration.
- The Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame induction will take place at The Sun Valley Inn in the
Limelight Grand Ballroom on Saturday, March 28, 2020.
- The induction will be the culmination of four days of activities at the Sun Valley Inn during
the March 24-28 Snowsport History Celebration which attracts hundreds of skiing history
enthusiasts and recreational skiers.
- The induction is expected to sell out, with a field of skiing and snowboarding greats. More
than 500 are expected to attend the installation of the class of 2019’s 8 inductees.
- The nomination process is open to all, with detailed information available at
- Nominees are screened by a Hall of Fame Selection Committee before being listed on a
ballot. More than 350 members of the Hall of Fame National Voting Panel elect the
newest Honored Members.
- Ishpeming is the birthplace of organized skiing in America and the site of the founding of
the National Ski Association of America in 1905, now the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of
- A formal enshrinement ceremony is held each September in Ishpeming, MI, where the
Museum is located.
- The induction ceremony rotates venue locations to major resorts, including Park City in
2019, Squaw Valley in 2018, Stowe in 2017, Aspen in 2016 and Steamboat in 2015.
- The Sun Valley Inn and Sun Valley Lodge will offer special lodging rates to all ticket
- $65 lift tickets will be available to all Snowsport History Celebration and induction ticket
- Info and tickets will be available in September at www.SkiHall.com
Hall of Fame Class of 2019
To be inducted Saturday March 28, 2020 in Sun Valley, ID.
Scott Brooksbank - An inspirational pioneer of freestyle skiing, his competitive career spanned three decades earning five world titles in over forty podium appearances. He continues to mentor the next generation of ski champions in the “art of the ski turn”.
Kit DesLauriers - After winning consecutive freestyle championships, Kit DesLauriers accomplished greatness by becoming the first person to climb and ski down the summits of the highest peaks of all 7 continents. She is one of the greatest female ski mountaineers in history.
Johnny Spillane - Johnny Spillane blazed the trail for nordic combined in America, skiing to the first World Championship gold in 2003 then leading Team USA with an unprecedented three silver medals at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Benjamin Finley & Arthur Clay - Their nearly 50 year vision has created tens of thousands of snow sports enthusiasts, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue across the winter sports industry. The NBS’ annual gathering is one of the largest ski events in America.
James Niehues - James Niehues, with the utmost care to detail, has meticulously hand painted the overwhelming majority of the trail maps in North America that we all know, love and rely on to navigate the often complicated network of trails and lifts.
Greg Stump - Greg Stump re-invented the ski movie, creating a body of work that remains relevant and influential to this day. Stump stopped making ski movies when he presciently foresaw the dangers of the extreme genre he helped create.
Sherman Poppen - Often called the “Grandfather of Snowboarding” Sherman Poppen invented the Snurfer in 1965, and eventually sold over 1 million units. The snurfer was the first mass produced snowboard. Poppen is credited to be the inventor of the sport of snowboarding.
David Ingemie, Chairman, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
This is quite an amazing class of inductees covering a wide scope of snow sports from Alpine, Freestyle, Snowboard, Nordic, Summiting, artistry and creativity of paintings and film production, to developing an organization to highlight the importance and value of diversification to the sport. I am sure the acceptance speeches at the induction in Sun Valley will be very inspirational and heartwarming.
Justin Koski, Executive Director, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
“Each member of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 has made a profound impact as an athlete or sport builder within their realm. We are excited to welcome them into our family of snowsport legends and present them with our sports highest honor.“
The mission of the U. S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame is to honor athletes and sport builders for their lifelong national and international achievements in the sport. The National Ski Association of America, now known as US Ski & Snowboard, was established in 1905 in Ishpeming, MI, the birthplace of organized skiing in the United States. The Hall of Fame Museum, established in 1954, is located on the Hall of Fame campus in Ishpeming.
PAST INDUCTION/SKIING HISTORY WEEK SITES
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame has been honoring athletes and sport builders annually since 1956. Since 2009, the induction has been held at major resorts nationwide with an enshrinement at the Hall of Fame in Ishpheming, MI in September.
2019 – Park City, UT
2018 – Squaw Valley, CA
2017 – Stowe, VT
2016 – Aspen, CO
2015 – Steamboat Springs, CO
2014 – Park City, UT
2013 – Vail, CO
2012 – Seattle, WA
2011 – Sun Valley, ID
2010 – Beaver Creek, CO
2009 – Deer Valley Resort, Park City, UT
2008 - Snowsports Industries America, Las Vegas, NV
2007 - Snowsports Industries America, Las Vegas, NV
U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Announces the Incoming Class of 2019