Being inducted into the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors in the winter sports world. Ishpeming, the birthplace of organized skiing in the U.S., is gearing up for another celebration with six new members set to be enshrined.
To be placed among the greats, each nominee must have accomplished a ski or snowboarding feat at the highest level and impacted the sport in an extraordinary way.
“It’s one of the opportunities to really learn why the Hall of Fame is here in Ishpeming and the root of organized skiing in the United States,” Bob Hendrickson of the Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame said. “It’s a huge event; it’s the biggest event that we do here in Ishpeming. It’s a full weekend of celebration with the honorees, and they really enjoy it. It’s a real hometown, small-town flavor; it’s a chance for people to see where skiing starts and this is really where it does start. It doesn’t start at the big resorts; it really starts in the hometowns in the smaller areas where we get a lot of snow.”
The 2013 inductees are John Clendenin, Toby Dawson, Kris Feddersen, Joe Jay Jalbert, Scot Schmidt and Jerry Simon. This year’s class will be formally recognized at a star–studded celebration on September 19th in Ishpeming during the annual Hall of Fame Weekend.
To read more about the new inductees and their accomplishments, go to skihall.com.