John Jay (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1981
Born: December 11, 1915 Ramona, CA
Died: December 7, 2000 Ramona, CA
John Jay was a leader in the production of ski films, pioneering in the field that eventually opened to other great ski film makers like Warren Miller and Dick Barrymore. He was a legend shooting his films with a hand held camera, doing his own editing then showing his films to live audiences in the fall around the country while making a name for himself with his humorous style that captured the fun and excitement of the sport.
As a start he was commissioned by the Canadian Pacific Railroad Company to produce "Skis Over Skoki" which was used to promote the Banff and Lake Louise resorts in the late 1930s. A series of more than 35 ski films followed which included "Olympic Holiday" and "Winter Magic Around the World."
Chosen for a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, Jay passed on this opportunity to serve with the 10th Mountain Division during WWII. He was then commissioned to write the official history of the 10th Mountain after the war. He also wrote the classic "Ski Down the Years" published in 1966.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame is a repository for most of his film collection.