Year Inducted: 2008
Born: December 21, 1931 Augusta, Maine
Bill Briggs is regarded as the father of big mountain skiing in the United States. He was able to imagine and believe it possible to ski in places where no one else had skied before. His first ski descent of Wyoming’s Grand Teton on June 15, 1971 is regarded by most as the single crystallizing moment in American big mountain skiing. He also completed the first high ski traverse in the Canadian Rockies and the first modern ski descent of Mount Rainier.
Although born without a hip socket that required many surgeries throughout his life and largely self taught as a skier he complemented his love for climbing and skiing by serving as a high mountain guide and ski instructor throughout much of his life. Since 1968 he has been the owner of the ski school at Snow King Mountain near Jackson, Wyoming and has published several books on his instructional methods. He was the first person highlighted in STEEP, a feature length film on the world’s leading big mountain skiers.