Helmut Teichner (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1983
Born: 1911 Lunsuit, GER
Died: December 28, 2001, Chicago, IL
Helmut Teichner, as much as anyone promoted the importance of professional ski instruction to the general public in the United States. He was known as the "Dean of the Mid-West Ski Instructors." He focussed his work on overcoming the fears of the beginner skier.
He immigrated to the United States in 1938 and founded the Wilmot Ski School in Wilmot, Wisconsin. He was behind a Learn to Ski Program at the Chicago Tribune that is estimated developed 100,000 skiers. He was able to reach a wide audience through columns, magazine articles, talk show appearances and eventually was featured in an NBC documentary.
He chaired the Advisory Board of the Central Professional Ski Instructors Association and was a charter member of the PSIA. The central division has a Helmut Teichner Professional Award which is presented annually.