Morton Lund

Year Inducted: 1997

Born:  December 23, 1926

Morton Lund was a prolific writer on all matters concerning skiing for over four decades during which time he enormously influenced the popularity of ski sports.  Over the course of his career he wrote over 400 articles and features and published 14 books.

He was hired in 1954 as a writer for the fledgling Sports Illustrated, and covered the 1960 Olympic Winter Games.  In 1962 he was hired as a contributing editor for SKI magazine.  During his years at SKI he was its most prolific writer of biographic articles on the top skiers in the country.  He also brought to the ski world's attention the benefits of using shorter skis for beginners which was based largely on the work of Clif Taylor.  It was Lund who coined the term Graduated Length Method or GLM which became a much used term in the industry. 

Among his books was his collaborative work with Minot Dole, on the only biography of this important figure in the history of skiing.  Lund joined Snow Country  in 1988 and later became editor of Skiing Heritage  making it into a major quarterly journal.

From 2002 to 2006 he was the Chairman of the National Selection Committee of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.

 


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