Nick Badami (deceased)
Year Inducted: 2011
Born: March 15, 1921--New York, New York
Died: June 6, 2008--Tucson, Arizona
Long considered one of skiing's most influential figures, Nick Badami's vision touched not only his resorts but left an indelible mark on the sport. In a career spanning four decades, Badami's business acumen and leadership skills were a constant influence on winter sports.
An active ski area owner, Badami's hallmark was his engagement on behalf of the sport as a whole, dedicating his time and energy to causes that had impact far beyond his own portfolio of resorts. As NSAA chairman he provided leadership to guide the industry through a pivotal period of growth. At his Park City Ski Area, he used innovative event marketing to create a festival around America's Opening, pioneering an entertainment platform around ski racing which helped change and modernize the World Cup globally.
Over the course of the 1980s and '90s, his global vision and action was paramount in launching a successful candidacy to bring the 2002 Olympics to Salt Lake. And as the chairman of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association in the 1990s, he brought a business structure and long term stability to the organization that led to it becoming the best in the world a decade later.
He made his mark in the business world taking over a nearly bankrupt B.V.D. in the 1940s and transformed it into a brand leader. He retired at 49 seeking new adventure. He found it chasing his son Craig's passion of skiing. Badami saw skiing as an industry that in the 1960s could benefit from his business acumen.
He began his new direction with the 1970 purchase of Alpine Meadow Ski Resort. A few years later, he acquired the Park City Ski Area from developer Edgar Stern. Together, Badami's Park City Ski Area and Stern's soon-to-be-developed Deer Valley would carve the future of the mountain resort community.
As a community business owner, Badami's philosophy was to focus on his core ski resort business. He shed ancillary operations, allowing the community itself to prosper. Skiing benefited immensely from his passionate service. Today, the industry is a more refined business providing amazing recreational opportunities. The roots of that evolution can be traced back directly to the leadership of Nick Badami.