Charles Ferries

Year Inducted: 1989

Born: 1939, Houghton, Michigan

Charles (Chuck) Ferries began skiing at age four on Mont Ripley, a 400 vertical ft. ski hill in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It was there that Michigan Technological University ski coach Fred Lonsdorf took him under his wing and coached him well enough to win every event in his age group in the USSA Central Division.

After out-growing the Midwest, Ferries moved to Aspen, Colorado for a year to finish high school and polish his racing skills. In 1958, he was racing at both the junior and senior levels and was chosen as an alternate on the U.S. team for the FIS World Championships. During that year he won three national slalom titles. He was named to the U.S. National Team in 1960, 62, 63 and 64. He skied on the U.S. Olympic Teams in 1960 and 64, along with the U.S. team for the 1962 FIS World Championships in Chamonix, France.

After graduating from Denver University in 1964, Ferries went to work for the Head Ski Company before moving to K2, where he worked his way to company president. In 1981 he acquired Scott USA and under his stewardship made it a very profitable company. He has been a board member of the U.S. Ski Team and continues to put much time and effort into the sport.


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