Erling Strom (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1972
Born: August 26, 1897, Oslo, NOR
Died: unknown in Norway
Erling Strom was a schoolboy ski jumper in Norway and competed at the Stockholm Nordiskapelen the Nordic Winter Games that had an impact on the eventual founding of the Olympic Winter Games.
He immigrated to the United States in 1919 and after a short career as a cowboy in Arizona eventually settled in Colorado. In 1927 he won the western Nordic combined title. He was an excellent all round skier who completed a first descent of Long's Peak.
Starting in 1927 he became the ski instructor at the Lake Placid Club influencing many famous skiers like Minnie Dole.
He also opened up skiing in the Canadian Rockies. In 1931 he completed with Al Lindley a 250 mile traverse of the Columbia Icefields in British Columbia and in 1932 was the first to ascend Mount McKinley using skis.