Bolton Valley patriarch Ralph DesLauriers leads a class of four contributors to Vermont skiing who will be honored later this year as the newest inductees of the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
DesLauriers, who founded Bolton Valley in 1966, will be inducted with three others during a ceremony at his own resort on Sept. 24. Other members of the Class of 2022 include Olympic ski jumper Jim Holland, racer and broadcaster Rip McManus, and Betsy Pratt, who was integral in defining Mad River Glen.
The DesLauriers name is, of course, synonymous with Vermont skiing. Sons Rob and Eric DesLauriers became stars of the extreme skiing film scene in the 80s and 90s. Children Evan, Adam, and Lindsay, who serves as resort president, have helped him run Bolton Valley since the family re-acquired the resort in 2017.
Ralph served as a board member of the Vermont Ski Areas Association from 1967-1995, including as chairman for 12 years. He served as the representative for Vermont on the National Ski Areas Association Board of Directors from1980-86. According to the Hall of Fame, “Ralph may very well be the last ski area founder alive today who still owns and operates the resort they built, demonstrating an incredible life-long commitment to the Vermont ski industry.”