Walter Prager (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1977
Born: April 2, 1910 Davos, SUI
Died: May 28, 1984 Mountainview, CA
Walter Prager came to America with extraordinary credentials as a skier. He had won three Arlberg-Kandahar trophies, was a holder of the Arleberg-Kandahar Diamond Pin and was a two time FIS downhill champion. He also had a string of prestigeous race victories including the Parsenn Derby and wins at the Hahenkamm and Lauberhorn to his credit.
He arrived in the United States to coach the Dartmouth ski team, a position he held from1936 to 1957. In so doing he created the outstanding legacy to U.S. skiing that is attributed to the Dartmouth ski program. Over a dozen of his ski racers were selected to the U.S. Olympic team and over thirty people from Dartmouth have received honored membership in the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
He served as an instructor for the 10th Mountain Division and saw action during the Italian campaign. Following the war he was the U.S. ski team Olympic coach in 1948. Later he planned many of the trails at Cannon Mountain in Franconia, New Hampshire and also designed and built the Dartmouth Skiway. He was the manager at Mount Snow from 1951 to 1960 and from 1960 on was the owner of aski shop at Whiteface Mountain.