Lars Haugen (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1963
Born: 1891 Bo (Telemark), Norway
Died: March 14, 1969 Minneapolis, MN
Lars Haugen, arrived in the United States in 1909 and settled along with his brother, Anders, in Minneapolis, MN. He was an outstanding ski jumper who amassed an amazing record of seven Class A national championships between 1912 and 1928. Because he had turned professional he was not a member of the U.S. Olympic Team in 1924 and 1928.
He and Anders traveled to Tahoe City, CA in 1929 and began to work at developing skiing in that area. Included in their work was the construction of the Olympic Hill in Lake Tahoe, in anticipation for a bid for the 1932 Olympic Games. He and Anders have been creditied for laying the foundations that led to the development of such ski areas as Squaw Valley.
Lars returned to Minneapolis and for a time was the chief inspector for the Northland Ski Company at Midway, Minnesota. He and his brother were inducted at the same time into the Hall of Fame in 1963.