H. Devereaux Jennings (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1989
Born: June 28, 1924 Salt Lake City, UT
Died: April 14, 2000 Waterville Valley, NH
Jennings grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and learned to ski there. His promising ski racing career was interrupted by WWII. He joined the 10th Mountain Division, serving first as a rock climbing and ski instructor, and later as a combat rifle squad leader. From 1946-48 he skied on the Aspen Ski Team, the Colorado State University and the University of Utah ski teams. He skied constantly in the top three places in collegiate and national events. In 1947 he was named to the U.S. Olympic Ski Team which competed at St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Also in 1948, he founded the Sporthaus in Salt Lake City. This was one of the first specialty ski shops in the country which catered specifically to high performance skiers. He designed and manufactured ski related products, and donated generously to the U.S. Ski Team. During the 1950s, Jennings became a ski official and was chief of course for the North American Championships and then assistant chief of course under Willy Schaeffler at the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley. He moved to New Hampshire in 1970 to serve as executive director Waterville Valley Association and was affiliated with the New England Ski Museum in Franconia, New Hampshire.