Hans Gmoser (deceased)
Year Inducted: 2002
Born: July 7,1932 Linz, AUT
Died: July 5, 2006 Canmore, CAN
Gmoser came to Canada from Linz, Austria in the early 1950s. He found his way to the Rockies, was impressed by their inaccessibility, and went to work as a hiking and climbing guide.
He first brought skiers into the Little Yoho area in 1956. Simultaneously, he was making ski movies and hired helicopters to film the heights. On a trip east in the early 1960s, he was showing movies of his climbing tours when he was asked whether he could accommodate a group of skiers who wanted to ski the Canadian Rockies and if he could provide a helicopter. He accepted the proposal and chose the Bugaboos which had some fine glacier skiing.
In 1965, he packaged two week tours into the Bugaboos and opened the high glaciers to helicopter skiing. With his profits, he built the Bugaboo Lodge and became the first heli-ski guide in North America.