Ski legend Herbert Schneider died last Sunday, June 10th at age 92. His legacy will continue to rock the skiing world long after his death.
The former Mt. Cranmore owner was the son of Hannes Schneider, affectionately deemed the “father of modern skiing.” Herbert Schneider has undoubtedly carried on the family legacy. He was a bronze star winner while serving with the 10th Mountain Division during World War II while patrolling in the Apennine Mountains in Italy. He became a member of the U.S Ski Hall of Fame in 1992, received the New England Ski Museum’s Spirit of Skiing Award in 2009, and was made an honorary member of both PSIA and the Ski Club of Arlberg of St. Anton, Austria in 2010. He oversaw the expansion of the Eastern Slope Ski Club’s Junior Program at Cranmore, which cultivated legions of future Olympians, including Tyler and Terry Palmer, David Currier, Abbi Fisher and current U.S Ski Team member and 2010 Olympian, Leanne Smith.
Terry Palmer of the 1972 U.S Ski Team had this to say about Schneider: “He was kind of like the ‘Godfather of Skiing’ as far as I was concerned. When I was a kid, we skied every day at Cranmore. My mother would pick us up at John Fuller School and we’d run like the devil to get on the Skimobile and up Cranmore to get some runs in before it got dark. Herbert would let us ski for free. He created a great life for my brother and I in skiing. I got to appreciate him a lot more when I got to go to Europe and St. Anton to race — he was my connection to that world from the start. He was so calm, and placid. He had a very good perspective on the valley and the sport. I absolutely appreciate everything he did for me, the sport and the town — he covered it all.”
Schneider had a special presence in the lives of many Olympians, but he was also a dedicated father. The Conway Daily quoted his son, Christopher saying, “Dad was an iconic figure in the valley and who he was permeated our private lives as well but in a very positive way. … We never had a babysitter in the winter. We had ski instructors.”
Friends can pay their respects this Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m at Furber and White Funeral Home in North Conway. A Christian Mass Burial will be held this Friday at 11 a.m at our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, followed by a private family burial. A public celebration of Schneider’s life will be held this Friday from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Eating House/Zip’s Pub at Cranmore.