Hall of Fame Ceremony Week at Stowe

The Hall of Fame Class of 2016 will be inducted Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Stowe, VT.

Class of 2016

  • Michael Berry, CO: Michael has been president of the National Ski Areas Association since 1993. Under his leadership, the NSAA significantly increased annual visits to resorts throughout North America. Michael’s vision helped create continuity and a sustainable growth model for resorts.
  • Dan and John Egan, VT and NH: The Egan brothers have starred in more Warren Miller films than anyone worldwide. As pioneering explorers and ambassadors, they traveled the globe to put “extreme” in skiing. This dynamic duo set the standard for what is possible in big-mountain skiing.
  • Jeff Hastings, NH: Jeff impacted Olympic ski jumping as a competitor and coach. His fourth-place Olympic performance in 1984 in Sarajevo holds as a record in modern U.S. ski jumping. He has continued his work teaching, judging and commentating competitions and advocating for jumping and Nordic combined.
  • Chuck Lewis, CO: A competitor at heart, Chuck is known within the industry for his vision and passion. His dedication and meticulous planning helped to conceive Copper Mountain and a trail design and layout philosophy widely accepted and used to this day.
  • Shaun Palmer, CA: Known as one of the forefathers of extreme sport, Shaun competed in professional snowboarding for almost 20 years. His prowess in the pipe from 1995 to 2014 earned him six X-Games gold medals, gold at the 2002 Gravity Games, and a berth on the 2006 Torino Olympic team. At the 2001 ESPY Awards, named Action Sports Athlete of the Year, he attracted thousands to snowboarding.
  • Ellen Post Foster, DC: Ellen touched both the freestyle skiing world as an athlete and the Professional Ski Instructors of America as a model instructor and visionary. Her efforts and passion for snowsport motivated countless youth skiers to hit the slopes. Her contributions continue as an author and advocate of skiing education.
  • Marion Post Caldwell, DC: As a freestyle skiing icon, Marion dominated the sport in the 1970s. Women’s overall champ in ’76 and ’77 and being named Freestyle Skier of the Year are among her accomplishments. She brought skiing to the world stage as an ambassador and pioneer of the sport.
  • Gretchen Rous Besser, VT: While her unprecedented career as a ski patroller and first aid instructor are impressive, her impact as an historian, international liaison, and visionary in the world of skiing sets her apart. She generously shares her passion and vast knowledge to better industry organizations worldwide.
  • Bernie Weichsel, MA: Known globally throughout the industry, Bernie has done it all. As an advocate, he created an organized freestyle competition circuit. His innovative SKI USA worldwide promotions continue to bring thousands of international skiers to U.S. slopes and his consumer ski and snowboard expos attract tens of thousands of visitors each year.
  • Schedule Highlights

   • Wednesday April 5    Snowsport History Week | Stowe Edition Kick Off and the 2017 Jerry’s Snow–100 Film Awards (Trapp Family Lodge)

    • Thursday April 6      International Skiing History Association Awards (Trapp Family Lodge)

    • Friday April 7      SnowHISTORYx Talks, Hall Alumni and Inductee Welcome Party (Midway Lodge, Stowe Mountain Resort) 

    • Saturday April 8      Hall of Fame Induction and Afterburner Party (The Great Room, Spruce Lodge) 

    • Sunday April 9 Hall of Famer Fast Tracks and breakfast send-off  (Stowe Mountain Resort Gondola)

  • Quotes

  • “I love any good reason to return to my treasured hometown of Stowe, Vermont! I’ll welcome the incoming class of 2016, hit the slopes of Mount Mansfield with friends, family and alumni from the Ski Hall of Fame. And do some serious apres-ski and maple syrup research! A perfect way to end this upcoming season.” – Billy Kidd, Honored Member Class of 1976

“Stowe is a legendary ski town in the history of our sport. The Hall of Fame is proud to bring its annual induction to Stowe, where we’ll enjoy a week of skiing and honor the highly accomplished athletes and pioneers of our sport.” –Tom Kelly, Chairman, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame

“It is an honor not only to host this prestigious event in Stowe, but to be the first East Coast venue to do so. We are looking forward to welcoming the Hall of Fame attendees and the Induction Class of 2016.”  –Michael Colbourn, VP Sales, Marketing and Communications at Stowe Mountain Resort

“The historic and vibrant skiing community of Stowe coupled with state-of–the-art venues at the resort provide an ideal location for the 2017 Snowsport History Summit and the Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Induction.”  –Justin Koski, Executive Director, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

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 in the United States. The Hall of Fame Museum, established in 1954, is located on the Hall of Fame campus in Ishpeming.

We look forward to attending and covering the event; stay tuned for any updates we get along the way. See our report from the 2016 ceremonies in Aspen here.