Four Ski Legends Inducted into U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 4, 2009 12:03 am

 It’s always fun when heroes reap some sweet rewards. Four skiing super stars will be inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame this Saturday evening at the Deer Valley Resort in Park City, UT. Olympic freestyle moguls medalists Liz McIntyre (Lyme, NH) and Nelson Carmichael (Steamboat Springs, CO), along with ski mountaineering legend Bill Briggs (Jackson Hole, WY) and two-time alpine Olympian Cary Adgate (Boyne Falls, MI) will be honored. "Recognition by the Hall of Fame is a great personal honor for each of these four athletes who have made outstanding contributions to their sport," said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO Bill Marolt.

Carmichael and McIntyre made their mark on the World Cup freestyle circuit, and shined during the sport’s Olympic debut. Carmichael took the moguls bronze in 1992 and McIntyre the silver in 1994. Both athletes continued to help the sport well after their Ski Team retirement.

McIntyre’s career spanned 20 years with the U.S. Ski Team, first as an athlete on the freestyle moguls squad from 1986-1998, and later as the moguls technical coach until 2006. Her athletic career overflowed with accolades, and along with her Olympic silver medal, McIntyre stood atop the World Cup podium four times (all in Tignes, France).

McIntyre’s long-time teammate, Carmichael jumped into the elite spotlight straight out of high school in 1984. Just four years later, the Steamboat Springs native won the World Cup mogul championship in 1988. Along with ensuing World Cup championships and his Olympic bronze medal, Carmichael also won six U.S. Championships and 12 World Cup events. Since retiring from competition, Carmichael has been a spokesperson and ambassador for Steamboat resort.

The other two inductees have also made their mark on the sport of skiing. Adgate, a Midwesterner, made his first race turns on Boyne Mountain in Michigan. He joined the U.S. Ski Team in 1973, and won the U.S. slalom and combined championship titles six times. Adgate was also a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 1976 and ’80.

Adgate later joined Bob Beattie’s World Pro Skiing Tour and 25 professional events along with the 1984 U.S. Pro Championships. More recently, in 2005, he won three U.S. Masters Championship events. Adgate is currently Boyne USA Resorts’ Snowsports Ambassador.

Briggs was also a pioneer in his own right, and embarked on several legendary first-descents. A leader of American ski mountaineering, Briggs started his professional ski career as a certified ski instructor in 1955, and founded the Bill Brigg’s Ski School at Suicide Six Ski Area near Woodstock, VT in 1958.

A short time later, Briggs made the first 100-mile traverse from the Bugaboos to Rogers Pass, BC in 1958, and then made a series of first-ski-descents from Mount Rainer in 1961, Middle and South Teton in 1967, Mount Moran in 1968 and, most famously, the Grand Teton in 1971.

Briggs founded the Great American Ski School, and established the Certainty Training Method (CTM) for ski instructors. Briggs himself is currently the director at the Snow King Ski School in Jackson, Wyoming.

"We’re especially proud that the Hall of Fame selected our hometown for its induction," said Marolt. "Our organization began over a century ago in the Hall’s home of Ishpeming, Michigan under the leadership of Carl Tellefsen. We’ve come a long ways in those hundred years and are excited to introduce a home of future Hall of Famers with the opening of our Center of Excellence training and education center here next month."

The U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame’s Class of 2008 was selected by an independent selection committee of ski professionals, historians, and writers  and voted on by a national panel. Any interested individuals are welcome to make nominations through the Hall’s selection process.