Ernest Robes (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1987
Born: 1910 Medford, NH
Died: June 22, 1987 Etna, NH
Ernest "Bill" Robes possessed a creative mind that he brought to the benefit of his beloved ski jumping sport. From 1931 to 1935 he was part of a professional ski jumping tour and became famous for his signature flip off the ski jumps. At the same time until 1939 he taught recreational skiing at Dartmouth College. Later he developed the "Bill Robes School of American Ski Teaching": including the creation of a ski jumping puppet called Olav Longflight to help young jumpers understand the sport's mechanics.
He was a ski jumping judge for nearly 60 years (1932 to 1980) and created a "practice judging card" and later, with David Bradley, developed a National Judges Test.