John McCrillis (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1966
Born: 1897, Newport, NH
Died: February 26, 1991
John McCrillis is credited with two important firsts in American skiing. In 1932 he co-authored, with Otto Schniebs, the first instructional book on skiing, Modern Ski Technique. That same year he and Schniebs produced the first ski film, which was based on the Moosilauk Downhill Race, and which premiered in December 1932 at the National Ski Association meeting in Chicago.
He began skiing in 1910 and attended Dartmouth College where he was a member of the ski team and earned his college letter in 1919. He settled for a period in the Pacific northwest and introduced many young people to ski sport there as a teacher at the Moran School for Boys. After returning to New Hampshire he actively promoted alpine skiing to the US Eastern Amateur Ski Association.
In 1933, the Dartmouth Ski Club established the Schniebs-McCrillis Trophy.