The United States Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame understandably evokes images of the sport’s legendary competitors. You’re likely to think of accomplished racers, like the great Olympians such as Phil and Steve Mahre, Bill Johnson, Billy Kidd, Diann Roffe, Tamara McKinney and Donna Weinbrecht. With the incomparable Lindsey Vonn recently announcing her retirement after 82 World Cup wins, you certainly can add her to the list.
But the U.S. Ski Hall is an inclusive body, celebrating a sport that goes well beyond the competitive arena. It recognizes the pioneers of the sport, from resort visionaries such as Killington founder Preston Leete Smith and freestyle legends like Wayne Wong to groundbreaking filmmakers like Warren Miller (not to mention a number of the “extreme skiers” that took star turns in Miller’s movies, like John and Dan Egan).
For Bernie Weichsel of Wayland, Mass., induction into the Ski Hall of Fame in 2017 was tantamount to a lifetime achievement award.
“I view being inducted into the Hall of Fame as a great honor — and a gift from the sport and lifestyle that I love and has bestowed on me many great experiences and, more importantly, many friends,” said the 70-year-old Weichsel.