Charles N. Proctor (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1959
Born: January 4, 1906, Columbia, Missouri
Died: February 1, 1996, Scotts Valley, CA
Charles N. Proctor was the "skimeister" of Yosemite National Park and was a major pioneer contributor to skiing in the United States. As a student at Dartmouth he captained the Dartmouth Ski Team in 1927. He was an outstanding intercollegiate skier and the winner of the first Moosilauke Downhill Race. He was a member of the US Olympic ski team competing in St. Moritz in 1928, finishing 14th in ski jumping and 26th in the combined. On April 11, 1931 he and John Carleton became the first to ski the famous Tuckerman Ravine headwall on New Hampshire's Mount Washington. In the east he was placed in charge of ski trail design by the US National Forestry Service. He coached the Harvard Ski Team.
He was hired as a consultant by Averell Harriman in 1936 to make recommendations for suitable terrain for skiing at Sun Valley and also trained several men in the area to ski. He reviewed and approved the design for the world's first chairlift which was installed on a mountain at Sun Valley, now known as Proctor Mountain.
He moved to California in 1938 and worked for the next twenty years as the director of ski operations for Yosemite National Park. He served on several skiing associations in the west. He was also highly regarded internationally and his many tributes included Life Membership in the Kandahar Ski Association. He authored two books on skiing, The Art of Skiing and Skiing.