Hannes Schneider (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1958
Born: 1890, Stuben, AUT
Died: 04/26/1955, North Conway, NH
Hannes Schneider is regarded as the father of modern ski teaching technique with his Arlberg Method. By the age of 17 he was such an accomplished skier that he was hired by the Post Hotel in St. Anton to teach guests how to ski. Over time he developed a system of teaching progressive classes through slow turns on gentle slopes to high speed control. During World War I the Austrian army used him and his system to teach skiing to the mountain troops. Following the war his Arlberg Method became internationally famous. In 1928 he and Arnold Lunn organized the first Arlberg-Kandahar races.
He was featured in several early ski films and published a book, The Wonders of Skiing, in 1931. After Hitler's troops invaded Austria, Schneider was jailed. Eventually an arrangement was reached to free him and bring him and his family to the United States. Here he became an icon ski instructor and several of his Austrian pupils followed him to bring his methods to the most prestigious ski resorts in the country.