John Litchfield (deceased)
Year Inducted: 2002
Born: July 21, 1917 Auburn, ME
Died: June 10, 2011 Denver, CO
John Litchfield enjoyed a multi faceted and lengthy career in skiing. He was a great intercollegiate skier and a member of Dartmouth College's great ski team from 1936 to 1939. He contributed strongly to Dartmouth's national collegiate championship in 1937. During the 1939 season he was Dick Durrance's room mate. He was selected to the U.S. FIS Team in 1937 and its 1940 Olympic Team, which did not compete because of the war.
War time found him as a member of the legendary 10th Mountain Division of ski troopers where he earned a Bronze Star for valor in combat during the Italy campaign. Following the war he returned to America with fellow 10th Mountain corpsman, Friedl Pfeiffer, and started the ski school at Aspen. He opened the Red Onion in Aspen, which became a favorite gathering place for the skiing crowd. Sun Valley beckoned and he went there to join its ski school and soon became its director, the first native born skier to take that leadership role.
He was called back to active duty in 1951 and served in Korea. After service he returned to Colorado to resume skiing and played a role as a stand-in for Jimmy Stewart in the movie "Mortal Storm." He raced reguarly as a senior until the age of 70, and then continued to ski recreationally.