Jimmy Johnston (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1996
Born: February 13, 1928 Minneapolis, MN
Died: August 10, 2006 Naples, FL
Jimmy Johnston’s role as a ski instructor and director of a ski school for 30-years is only part of his long and distinguished career. He was a leader regionally and nation-wide in the organization and development of ski instructors, and in 1961 co-founded the Professional Ski Instructors of America. He was also instrumental in the development of national certification standards, and in the education and training of ski instructors.
Johnston was well known and respected throughout the international ski world. As PSIA’s secretary and eventually as its president he was involved with their fielding instructor demonstrations and lectures at the tri-annual International Ski School Congress (INTERSKI). He was also a member of the organizing committee of PSIA’s very successful hosting of the 1968 INTERSKI at Aspen.
Johnston was re-elected annually to the Board of Directors of PSIA for a period of 11-years, longer than any other founding director. He served nine years as board secretary and two years as president. During his presidency the organization emerged from voluntary individual membership into an association integrating the seven USSA divisional ski instructors associations. Henceforth, every ski instructor in the U.S. would become a member of PSIA. He was elected an honorary life member of the organization in 1977 and in 1995 he was presented with the PSIA Lifetime Achievement Award.
Johnston was elected to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame in 1996.