Hannes Schroll (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1966
Born: 1909, Austria
Died: 1985, USA (CA)
Hannes Schroll was an outstanding ski racer and an inspired ski instructor. He immigrated to the United States in 1935 and although still a citizen of his native Austria, is credited with winning the first US national alpine championship in 1935 sweeping the downhill, slalom and the combined.
He became the director of the Yosemite Ski School and was instrumental in opening up the Sugar Bowl area. He inaugurated the Silver Belt, a giant slalom race on Mount Lincoln in1940 which lured all the top skiers of that era. Very colorful Schroll was known for his ability as a yodeler.