Everett Kircher (deceased)
Year Inducted: 2007
Born: July 15, 1916, Detroit, MI
Died: January 16, 2002, Boyne Falls, MI
Everett Kircher was passionate skier, mechanical genius, and entrepreneur possessed with a restless imagination, Everett Kircher was named by SKI magazine in 2000 as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Skiers of All Time.” Starting with Boyne Mountain in 1947, with just 500 vertical feet for skiing, he developed Boyne Resorts USA with destination ski areas from coast to coast, making it the largest family owned ski resort-empire in the United States. Early in his career he filled his ski resorts outside of weekends by offering all week instructional packages. He was the first in the United States to hire Stein Eriksen as a ski school director. He purchased and installed the first chairlift in the mid-west and then developed the first double chair. His triple chair was a world first and in 1992 he installed the first high-speed six-place chair in America. His patented Boyne and Highlander snowmaking guns were the most efficient marginal temperature snow making systems in the world.