Clare Bousquet (deceased)
Year Inducted: 2003
Born: May 17,1889 Spencer, MA
Died: October 24,1966 Pittsfield, MA
Clare Bousquet was one of the most successful pioneer entrepreneurs in the United States' ski industry. His development and management of "Bousquets" ski area in Massachusetts displayed a flare and knack for invention that led the way in New England in terms of slope design, snow grooming, lift equipment and on slope construction. He was the father of ski area entrepreneurship. Bousquets attracted unheard of numbers to its slopes despite its relative small size. President Gerald Ford learned to ski there while studying at Yale. Bousquets was the first to introduce night skiing (December 24, 1936) and was a pioneer in the use of area wide snow making.