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Welcome to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame
The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum is located in the City of Ishpeming in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the birthplace of organized skiing in the United States.
It is home to an extensive collection of artifacts and archives relating to the history of skiing. It has 20,000 square feet of space containing displays on over 400 Honored Members, trophies, clothing and equipment. There is a gift shop, library and theater.
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News and Events:
Enshrinement Weekend set for Ishpeming, September 18-20
The annual Enshrinement Weekend, of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in Ishpeming has been set for this coming September 18- 20. The main feature of the event is this year’s class of honorees, which is the largest since 1984. Altogether, 10 men and women are being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Among them is Jeannie Thoren who was born and raised in Marquette and last year was the celebrated alumnus for Northern Michigan University.
The Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement Weekend celebrates Ishpeming’s and the Upper Peninsula’s special place in the world of ski sport because of its historic role in the organization of the National Ski Association of America. This organization which also founded the national ski museum in Ishpeming in 1954 is the reason this city became the “birthplace of organized skiing in America.” The weekend will complete the induction of the Class of 2014 into the Hall of Fame and also introduce this great group of athletes and contributors to ski sport to our community. It is a tremendous opportunity for everyone to meet and talk to world and Olympic champions.
The weekend’s events are:
· Enshrinement Ceremony and Reception at the Hall of Fame on Friday evening, preceded by the National Ski Jumpers Reunion
· Ishpeming Kiwanis Welcome Breakfast on Saturday
· Coy Hill Golf Outing - Wawonowin Golf Club on Saturday afternoon
· Enshrinement Banquet, Saturday evening
Throughout the weekend the honorees will also be touring Ishpeming, Negaunee and Marquette to meet the media and enjoying many of our community’s attractions.
The members of what is called the Class of 2014 are: Curt Chase (one of the founders of the Professional Ski Instructors of America), Joe Cushing (a pioneer designer of ski resorts), Chris Davenport (a leader in ski mountaineering), Kristina Koznick (a former U.S. Ski Team alpine racer), John McMurtry (the leader of US Ski Team championship development), Ralph Miller (former skiing world speed record holder), Ross Powers (Olympic snowboarding champion), Erik Schlopy (professional world champion racer), Dr. Robert Smith (developer of the first double lens goggle and founder of Smith Optics), Jeannie Thoren (the “Johnny Appleseed of Women’s Skiing”).
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame is the only national museum dedicated to the history of skiing and snowboarding in the United States. Its facility has made it the largest ski museum in the world. Its vision: To promote, honor, celebrate and preserve the records of the athletes and builders of skiing and snowboarding as a sport and industry. With the last class of honorees, 404 men and women are now national hall of famers in skiing and snowboarding.
For more information or to reserve tickets to the events call: 906-485-6323.
Ishpeming’s Gateway Opportunity
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame is excited about the construction of two roundabouts on the north and south side of its property that will take place in the spring of 2016. It sees these projects as its Community Gateway Opportunity and it is working with MDOT and our own design firm, UPEA of Ishpeming, to plan and redesign its landscaping and parking areas to make its campus more attractive from the highway.
The current Hall of Fame building was built in 1991 and with 25 years in its current location the time has come to improve and upgrade many aspects of this facility. When these changes are completed visitors travelling through Ishpeming on U.S. 41 will really feel that they have entered the gateway to this community and will have a greater appreciation of it. The roundabout on U.S 41 will slow traffic and have it pass closer to the Hall of Fame. They will be very aware that the National Hall of Fame for skiing and snowboarding is located in Ishpeming. Among the plans are improved signage including a sculpture of a ski jumper at the front of the Hall of Fame.
The community has been very supportive of the Hall of Fame’s plans that it is developing in response to the efforts to improve traffic flow and safety with the roundabouts. Letters and motions of support have been received from the City of Ishpeming, the Downtown Development Authority, the Greater Ishpeming Chamber of Commerce, the Ishpeming Business Association and the Marquette County Board of Commissioners. These improvements will enhance the ability of all potential guests to experience the art and culture of the museum.
ANNOUNCING THE CLASS OF 2014
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame announced ten athletes and sport builders as inductees elected to the Hall of Fame who will make up the Class of 2014. Among the inductees are Olympic champion snowboarder Ross Powers, World Alpine Championship medalist Erik Schlopy, noted big mountain skier Chris Davenport, ski instruction pioneer Curt Chase, and goggle innovator Bob Smith. Others include resort designer Joe Cushing, World Cup race winner Kristina Koznik, alpine development leader John McMurtry, women’s innovator Jeannie Thoren and Ralph Miller, one of the great American ski racers from the 1950’s. Their induction will take place in Steamboat Springs, CO on April 11, 2015. There will also be a special enshrinement ceremony weekend for Honored Members at the home of the Hall of Fame in Ishpeming, Michigan on September 18-20, 2015.
Curt Chase (Colorado) was an innovator and motivating force in the field of ski instruction for over 40 years. He served as a survival training instructor of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division and later held the same positon for the Strategic Air Command. He contributed to what is now known as the American Ski Technique and was one of the eight founders of the Professional Ski Instructors of America. He passed away in June of this year.
Joe Cushing (New Hampshire) was a pioneer in ski area planning and design. Working with the legendary Sel Hannah, Hall of Fame Class of 1968, he worked on over 400 projects; of which, over 150 include some or all of his design influence. Among those areas where his impact can be seen are Loon Mountain and Bretton Woods in New Hampshire, Sugarbush and Stratton in Vermont, Copper Mountain and Keystone in Colorado and Deer Valley in Utah.
Chris Davenport (Colorado) is widely regarded as one of the world’s premier big mountain skiers. In 1996 he was recognized as the World Extreme Skiing Champion and four years later was the International Freeskier’s Association‘s World Freeskiing champion. In 2007 he became the first person to ski all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks in one year. He has been featured in 30 ski films.
Kristina Koznick (Colorado) was an outstanding slalom racer from the mid-west who began her career under the coaching direction of Erich Sailer, Hall of Fame Class of 2005. With six national titles and six World Cup victories she finished second twice in the season-long fis World Cup. She was named to three Olympic teams and competed at six World Championships.
John McMurtry (Colorado) was a US Ski Team coach during the 1980’s, which saw several of its members win World Cup titles, Olympic medals and the only Nation’s Cup Award for the U.S. Alpine Team. In 1987 he became the U.S. team’s development and later alpine director establishing a regional development program that continues to bring thousands of young athletes into the sport including Picabo Street, Bode Miller, Lindsay Vonn and Julia Mancuso.
Ralph Miller (Kentucky) was one of America’s top skiing competitors in the 1950’s where he excelled in four event competitions (downhill, slalom, jumping, cross country). He won or placed in the top three of many of the top competitions held during this time and frequently was able to beat Olympians like Stein Eriksen, Hall of Fame Class of 1982, and Othmar Schneider. In 1955 he set a world speed record of 109 mph which stood for 15 years.
Ross Powers (Vermont) is the fourth person from snowboarding to be elected to the Hall of Fame. He won the first U.S Olympic medal in snowboarding, a bronze, at the 1998 Nagano Games and was the Olympic halfpipe champion in 2002, leading an American podium sweep. Two years earlier he had won a World Championship. During his career he held every title in halfpipe snowboarding.
Erik Schlopy (Utah) was a three time Olympian and seven time national champion who had one of the longest and most successful careers in U.S. ski racing history. He was a World Pro super G champion and a bronze medal winner in the giant slalom at the World Championships in 2003. Throughout his career he demonstrated not only his great ability but also his perseverance and tenacity coming back from many serious injuries to compete with the best in this sport.
Dr. Robert Smith (Idaho) was a dentist turned goggle inventor who changed skiing, which was his passion, when he founded his eyewear company in the 1960’s. Smith Optics was founded literally from his kitchen table where he developed a thermal lens goggle that did not fog up when it was being used on the ski slopes. It was an invention that was enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of skiers initially and continues to have an impact on the experience of skiers and snowboarders today. He passed away in 2012.
Jeannie Thoren (Minnesota) is regarded by many as the “Johnny Appleseed” of women’s skiing. She was a pioneer in developing women’s specific ski equipment, which helped women ski better because they were using equipment better suited to their physique. For nearly 20 years, beginning in 1988, she conducted an estimated 70 women’s ski equipment seminars annually around the country in her effort to improve the sport for all women.