ASPEN, CO – March 29, 2016– The legendary Colorado ski community of Aspen will host the induction ceremony and Skiing History Week for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. The week of April 5-10, 2016 will feature skiing, skiing history presentations, parties, award ceremonies, a film festival and first tracks with Hall of Famers. These ticketed events are open to the public. The week will culminate with the induction ceremony honoring the Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame’s class of 2015. This event will be held at the St. Regis Aspen Resort on Saturday April 9, 2016.
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 USSA was established in 1905 in Ishpeming, MI., the birthplace of organized skiing. The Hall of Fame Museum, established in 1954 resides in Ishpeming as well. A national voting panel selects the incoming class in the fall of each year. On April 9, 2016, the class of 2015 will be inducted and honored in Aspen and ultimately enshrined the following September at the Museum in Ishpeming.
HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2015
Genia Fuller (originally from Framingham, MA, now Simi Valley, CA) Was an ambassador to the early years of hot dog skiing or freestyle and was an innovator in pole-free ballet. During eight years of competition, her smile, laugh and genuine love for freestyle made her one of the sport’s sweethearts. Her multi discipline abilities in freestyle, aerials and ballet led her to world championship titles in 1975 and 1978.
David Ingemie (originally from Fitchburg, MA, now McLean, VA) has been involved with the marketing of skiing and snowboarding for over 45 years, serving as the president and CEO of SnowSports Industries America (SIA) since 1981, with a planned retirement from his position in January 2016. His boundless energy, enthusiasm and intelligence was monumental for building a healthy national snowsports trade association, garnering high regard for his work throughout the industry.
Henry Kaiser (originally New York City, now Captiva Island, FL) was a forerunner in the ski industry during the 35 years when he served as the publisher of Skiing magazine. He helped advance the freestyle skiing movement by finding sponsors and providing a platform for the sport on the pages of Skiing. Often referred to as the “First Family of Skiing” he and his wife, Carolyn, helped raise over a million dollars for the U.S. Ski Team, most notably through engagement with the New York Ski Ball. They were also closely involved with the SIA.
Chris Klug (originally from Vail, CO, now Aspen, CO) started to compete in snowboarding in 1983 on his Burton Backhill and continued for the next two decades. During that time, he competed in three Olympic Games winning a bronze medal in snowboarding giant slalom at Salt Lake City in 2002 – an achievement coming just 18 months after he had undergone a liver transplant due to a birth defect that challenged him throughout his career. He authored To The Edge and Back and founded the Chris Klug Foundation to help promote organ donation.
Jim Martinson (originally from Sumner, WA, now Puyallup, WA) grew up ski racing in Washington state but lost both legs in 1967 during the Vietnam War. His frustration in trying to return to skiing led to his development in 1985 of a sit ski he called “The Shadow” and with that revolutionized adaptive skiing. Using his innovation, he went on to win a Winter Paralympic gold medal in 1992 and in 2009 he became the oldest person to compete in the Winter X Games.
Bob Salerno (originally from Ogden, UT, now Santa Monica, CA) is another true legend of freestyle who competed at the top levels successfully for over 25 years. In 1974 he took gold in aerials at the World Championships in Heavenly, CA. In 1998 he claimed first place at the Wayne Wong World Championships in Hot Dog Skiing. He is one of the sport’s leading celebrities being featured in Warren Miller and Willy Bogner films while also devoting his time to enhancing the sport through his writing, filming and creation of ‘Virtual Snow’ ski training simulators.
Edgar Stern (originally from New Orleans, LA, later Aspen, CO and Park City, UT) brought his extraordinary vision and focus on customer service to the ski industry, revolutionizing hospitality at ski resorts. His benchmarks established in the development of Deer Valley Resort became the norms for many of today’s leading resorts. After investing in the Park City Ski Area and luring the U.S. Ski Team to Park City, he turned his attention to what became Deer Valley, which opened in 1981. Through his efforts it has remained one of the top resorts in the country, including playing a pivotal role in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Stern passed away in 2008.
- Ski Hall Induction: The induction of the Class of 2015 will take place on April 9, 2016 at the St. Regis Aspen Resort. The event is expected to sell out with over 500 attendees
- The induction will be the culmination of nearly a week of activities in Aspen during the April 6-10 Skiing History Week, which attracts hundreds of skiing history enthusiasts and recreational skiers.
- Snow-100 Film Festival: The annual Ishpeming Snow-100 Film Festival will highlight some of the best films in skiing history, open to attendees and the Aspen community.
- Pre-induction event: On Friday October 23, 2015 at the Limelight Hotel Aspen, Chris Davenport ‘14 and John Clendenin ’13 will host a media and social event to announce this year’s class of inductees. Advance tickets to the induction will be available at discounted pricing for pre-event attendees.
- Tickets and Registration: Registration for Skiing History Week events and tickets for the Hall of Fame induction at www.skihall.org.
- The induction of the Class of 2015 will take place on April 9, 2016 at Aspen’s St. Regis Aspen Resort.
- The class will also be formally enshrined into the Hall of Fame in September 2016 in Ishpeming, MI, the home of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
- Ishpeming is the birthplace of organized skiing in America, where in 1905 the National Ski Association of America was founded, now known as the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
- With the addition of the Class of 2015, there are now 410 honored members of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
- 2016 will be the 60th Anniversary of the Hall of Fame, which was founded in Ishpeming in 1956.
- Wed. April 6 Welcome Reception, Jerry Awards (Snow-100 Film Winners)
- Thu. April 7 International Skiing History Association Awards – Hotel Jerome
- Thu. April 7 Snow-100 Film Festival continues
- Fri. April 8 Legacy Lectures & Inductee Welcome Bash – Sky Hotel Aspen
- Sat. April 9 Hall of Fame Induction, Grand Astor Ballroom, St. Regis Aspen Resort
- Sat. April 9 Induction Afterburner Party – Sky Hotel Aspen
- Sun. April 10 Hall of Famer’s First Tracks
(schedule and all event tickets: www.skihall.org)
Tom Kelly, Chairman, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
“Aspen is a legendary ski town in the history of our sport. The Hall of Fame is proud to bring its annual induction to Aspen where we’ll enjoy a week of skiing and honor the highly accomplished athletes and pioneers of our sport. Each member of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 was a remarkable leader as an athlete or sport builder.”
Christian Knapp, Vice President Marketing, Aspen Skiing Company
“The heritage of skiing has been ever present here in Aspen. We’re thrilled to host the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Induction right here in Aspen. Skiing History Week enthusiasts will enjoy a week of skiing and festivities in our vibrant mountain community.”
Chris Davenport, Honored Member Class of 2014
“My recent induction into the Ski Hall of Fame was an amazing experience and to bring this once in a lifetime event to my hometown in 2016 is icing on the cake. I look forward to celebrating with the Hall of Fame alumni as well as the incoming class of game changers in our sport.”
PAST INDUCTION/SKIING HISTORY WEEK SITES
2015 – Steamboat Springs
2014 – Park City
2013 – Vail
2012 – Seattle
2011 – Sun Valley
2010 – Beaver Creek
2009 – Deer Valley
For more information and Press Pass requests: Stacey Wooley: 719.362.6038 or firstname.lastname@example.org