Ishpeming, MI (November 9,2011) — Eight skiing greats will have their names added to the Hall of Fame’s Honor Roll in the coming year. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame announced today the inductees who will make up its Class of 2011. The class is made up of a broad spectrum of elite skiers, writers, ski industry leaders, and a passionate enthusiast for skiing history. The formal induction ceremony will take place Saturday, April 14 in Seattle, with an enshrinement ceremony at the Hall of Fame in Ishpeming later in the year.
Headlining the inductees are 2002 Olympic silver medalist Joe Pack and 1985 World Championship bronze medalist Eva Twardokens. Also among those selected are ski area pioneers Phil Gravink and the late Nick Badami, ski historian Mason Beekley, speed skier and author Dick Dorworth, ski show pioneer Harry Leonard and World Cup and Pro Ski Racer Tyler Palmer.
“Our eight inductees represent a diverse cross section of some of the greatest figures in skiing whose passion for the sport was shown throughout their careers,” said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Chairman, Bernie Weichsel. “The Hall of Fame is proud to recognize their achievements and contributions to our sport.”
Biographies of the individuals making up the Class of 2011 follow in alphabetical order.
Nick Badami had a four-decade career in the ski industry as a business owner, executive and volunteer. His business acumen and leadership had a lasting impact across the entire spectrum of the sport. After retiring from a successful business career at the age of 49 he became involved in skiing supporting his son, Craig, who was a passionate skier. He bought Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and later Park City Resort. Within a few years he was appointed to the board of the National Ski Areas Association, becoming its Chairman in 1984. In 1994 he was the Chair of U.S. Skiing where he played a vital role in the transformation of the now U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) as a highly respected Olympic sports organization. As chairman of Powdr Corporation he grew his resort holdings before retiring in 2003. In 1992 the USSA awarded him its prestigious Blegen Award. He served in key leadership roles on both, the Bid and Organizing Committees for the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games. Badami passed away in 2008.
Mason Beekley was a successful businessman and passionate skier who eventually directed that enthusiasm to the support of preserving skiing history. During his lifetime he developed an extraordinary library dedicated to skiing and possibly the world’s best and most complete collection of ski art. This interest led him to form the International Skiing History Association in 1991 which today has over 2,000 members worldwide.
Within two years the association was producing the highly regarded journal, Skiing Heritage, which currently is published six times a year. Through the rest of his life, Beekley, who died in 2001, contributed generously to ensure the support of the association and this publication.
Dick Dorworth was a ski racer, world speed record holder, coach, instructor and journalist. Through his writing he was, and remains, an inspirational leader for all who love the sport. He raced from 1950 to 1965 and was named to the collegiate All American team in 1962. In 1963 he set a record at the Diamond Sun event that still stands and that same year set a world speed record of 170 kph, in Portillo, Chile. He was a certified instructor in both France and the United States and coached the men’s U.S. Ski Team during the 1970-71 season. He was the ski school director for the Aspen Mountain Ski School from 1988 to 1992. The publisher of several books on skiing and a recipient of an Ullr Award from the International Skiing History Association, Dorworth’s articles have appeared in nearly every skiing magazine and journal.