BRETTON WOODS, N.H. — After a picture-perfect day in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, a gathering of ski and snowboard community members and industry insiders took place at the Mount Washington Resort to celebrate the 2019 and 2020 inductees into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
It was the kind of event where no one blamed you for showing up late because you stayed out skiing until almost last chair. It was that kind of ski day, and many of those gathered had spent their Saturday on the slopes at Bretton Woods, at other events around the resort or the region, such as the Hannes Schneider Meister Cup at nearby Cranmore, or in some other way enjoying themselves.
When it got dark and everyone filtered toward the Presidential Ballroom, there was networking, reunions, and thirst-quenching before sitting down to dinner and an evening of honoring six people who have played a wide range of important roles in the world of skiing and snowboarding. The New Hampshire inductees (a second induction event is being held later this month in Idaho) were Sherman Poppen, the inventor of the precursor to the snowboard, the “Snurfer;” Jiminy Peak and Cranmore owner Brian Fairbank; former U.S. Ski Team racer Holly Flanders; Olympic snowboarder Seth Wescott; ski fashion industry expert and promoter Barbara Alley Simon; and the late U.S. Ski Team leader Howard Peterson.
Here are a few takeaways from the induction ceremony, which was hosted by Dan Egan, who is a friend of pretty much everyone who attended.