U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame class of 2015 including (from left) Lessing Stern (Edgar Stern), Genia Fuller, Harry Kaiser, Chris Klug, Bob Salerno, Jim Martinson and David Ingemie. (USSA-Tom Kelly)
ASPEN, CO (April 15, 2016) – Seven stars of skiing and snowboarding were officially inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Saturday (April 9) in a sold out ceremony at the St. Regis Aspen. Inducted into the Class of 2015 in Aspen were Olympic snowboarding medalist Chris Klug (Aspen, CO), freestyle skiing stars Genia Fuller (Simi Valley, CA) and Bob Salerno (Ogden, UT), longtime SnowSports Industries America leader David Ingemie (McLean, VA), former Skiing Magazine publisher Henry Kaiser (Captiva Island, FL), Paralympic champion Jim Martinson (Puyallup, WA) and the late Edger Stern, (Park City, UT), who built Deer Valley Resort.
The St. Regis Aspen Resort’s Grand Astor Ballroom was packed with inductee family and friends, along with local Hall of Fame alumni including Bob Beattie, John Clendenin, Chris Davenport and Klaus Obermeyer, as well as Hall of Famers Suzy Chaffee, Chuck Ferries, John Fry, Billy Kidd, Barbara Alley Simon, Jeannie Thoren, Chris Waddell, Sven Wiik and Sarah Will.
Hall of Famers Chris Davenport, Klaus Obermeyer and Billy Kidd at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame induction at the St. Regis Aspen. (USSA-Tom Kelly)
The Class of 2015 will be honored again and ultimately enshrined this September 16th at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum in Ishpeming, MI, by hanging their plaques in the Honored Member Court, joining over 400 other legends and pioneers that preceded them. This year marks the 60th anniversary for the Hall of Fame, located in the birthplace of modern skiing in America at Ishpeming in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
“It was a great week, we thank all of you for making us come alive to celebrate our collective heritage and renew our spirits,” said Mike Kaplan, President and CEO, Aspen Skiing Company. “Congratulations to the Hall of Fame Class of 2015! You all inspired me and this entire community to honor our past and embrace our future. The induction event and the stories of the inductees reminded us of why we got into this sport and recommitted us to building upon the legacy with which we are all entrusted.”
“The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Class of 2015 represents a great cross section of pioneering sport builders and highly accomplished athletes,” said Hall of Fame Chairman Tom Kelly. “A big thank you to the Aspen Skiing Company and entire Aspen community for being such great hosts.”
The Ski Hall announced the class of 2016's Induction Ceremony venue will be Stowe, Vermont on April 1st, 2017.