Year Inducted: 2005
Born: November 7, 1925 AUT
Erich Sailer is regarded as the "Yoda of Ski Racing". From his coaching position at Buck Hill, a ski area south of Minneapolis with limited vertical he has coached and encouraged possibly 25,000 young ski racers during his career and sent countless numbers to the U.S. Ski Team. He has instigated the founding of the Twin Cities Ski Challenge Adult Racing League with its 1,600 participants.
He immigrated to Canada initially in 1954 and then opened up summer ski racing training programs on Mount Hood in 1956. He remains as the director of the Erich Sailer Summer Race League Camp. He has inspired many of America's top skiers to go on to coaching including Hall of Famers Bill Marolt and Billy Kidd.
At the USSA's Center of Excellence in Park City, there is a room named in his honor.