Ralph A. DesRoches (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1977
Born: September 10, 1916 Mexico, ME
Died: June 30, 2003 Industry, ME
Ralph "Doc" DesRoches' entire life was actively devoted to skiing and the advancement of the sport in general. He was a true founder of skiing.
Starting his ski career with a two-year stint on his high school ski team, his talents earned him a Class "A" rating as a competitor in downhill, cross-country and combined at the University of New Hampshire.
After service with the famous 10th Mountain Division he started his working career with Laurel Mountain Slopes rising to become the CEO of the company. This experience gave him an insight into all aspects of the ski industry, making him a great choice to be the CEO of Ski Industries America. He played a key role in shaping the SIA into a successful association for the industry and ran its annual trade show with a fim hand from 1963 to 1981.
He contributed his talents to the support of the U.S. Ski Team. In 1960 he helmed a successful $140,000 campaign for its development program. With J. Negley Cook he started, in 1967, the New York Ski Ball, which continues as a key fund raising event for the USSA. Charter Member #7 of the PSIA, he was awarded the prestigious Blegen Award for his service to skiing.