The 2023 Class of U.S. National Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame Revealed!

The U.S. National Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum, an independent entity not affiliated with U.S. Ski & Snowboard, has unveiled its prestigious Hall of Fame Class of 2023. The induction ceremony will take place at the Snowsports History Celebration in March, hosted in Park City, Utah.

This illustrious class features remarkable individuals such as two-time Olympic medalist freestyle moguls skier Shannon Bahrke, snowboarding trailblazer Jeff Brushie, and Olympic champion Billy Demong.

The mission of the U.S. National Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum is to honor and celebrate the outstanding athletes, pioneers, and visionaries who have made significant contributions to skiing and snowboarding worldwide. The museum, located in Ishpeming, Michigan, at the birthplace of organized skiing in the United States, serves as a testament to their remarkable stories and historic memorabilia.

Here are the distinguished 2023 inductees, with acknowledgments to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame:

Ross Anderson – Hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ross Anderson, a Native American speed skier, holds the record as the fastest American on skis, reaching a remarkable speed of 154.060 mph in 2006 at Les Arcs, France. His skiing journey began in Durango, Colorado, where he excelled as both a ski racer and ski jumper. He transitioned to speed skiing in 1994, eventually becoming a prominent figure on the U.S. Speed Skiing Team, securing a bronze medal at the 2005 World Championships, and earning eight national championships.

Shannon Bahrke – A proud native of Reno, Nevada, Shannon Bahrke stands as one of only five women to achieve multiple Olympic medals. Renowned for her iconic pink hair and vibrant presence in moguls skiing, Bahrke claimed Olympic silver at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and, despite injuries, returned to win Olympic bronze in 2010. Throughout her 12-year career with the U.S. Ski Team, Bahrke clinched the 2003 World Cup title, achieved 27 World Cup podium finishes with seven victories, and secured six U.S. titles. She participated in three Olympics and represented the U.S. on six World Championship teams.

Jeff Brushie – Hailing from Burlington, Vermont, Jeff Brushie enjoyed an incredibly successful competitive career, earning a place among the most accomplished American snowboarders. During an era predating the X Games and Olympic recognition, Brushie thrilled audiences worldwide, becoming one of the most commercially successful pro snowboarders of his generation. His impressive record includes over 20 major contest victories, including three world championship titles. In the 1990s, Brushie’s crossover appeal brought snowboarding into the mainstream media spotlight through MTV and ESPN, influencing future stars such as Shaun White.

Billy Demong – A native of Vermontville, New York, Billy Demong left an enduring legacy as both an athlete and team leader. Demong made history by winning the first gold medal for an American nordic skier, inspiring Team USA to an unprecedented four medals at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. Raised in the Olympic region of Lake Placid, Demong drew inspiration from the 1980 Games. Over a 16-season international racing career, he claimed Olympic gold and silver, four World Championship medals (including one gold), and 21 World Cup podium finishes, with nine wins.

Jake & Dave Moe – Siblings Jake and David Moe, originating from Seattle, Washington, played a pivotal role in the skiing landscape when they introduced “POWDER Magazine” to the world in 1971. Under their mantra “Powder to the People,” the Moe brothers revolutionized skiing journalism, offering a fresh and independent perspective on the sport. Their publication featured captivating photos and narratives that transformed the direction of skiing, encouraging skiers to embrace independence on the slopes. Serving as publisher and editor, the Moe brothers continued their mission for nearly 50 years.

Les Otten – A visionary resort developer, Les Otten significantly impacted the entire skiing industry with his innovative approaches. His journey began as a ski instructor during college, eventually leading to ownership of nine ski areas and the establishment of American Ski Company as a publicly traded resort leader. Otten’s hallmark was his commitment to improving various aspects of skiing. He revolutionized teaching techniques to simplify sport entry, prioritized snowmaking quality, and recognized the potential of shaped skis early on. His pioneering efforts reshaped the skiing industry we know today.

Mike Porter – With a career spanning half a century, Mike Porter left an indelible mark as one of the world’s most influential ski educators. He served on the PSIA National Alpine Team as both a member and, eventually, its longest-standing head coach. Porter also played a crucial role in founding the American Teaching System, contributing to the global recognition of PSIA-AASI. His extensive research in ski racing fostered collaboration among coaches and instructors, further enhancing the sport.

Hank Kashiwa – Following his victory at the 1975 World Pro Skiing Championship, Olympic ski racer Hank Kashiwa channeled his success and passion into a thriving career in the ski industry. Together with his brother Bucky, he founded Volant, which became the largest American ski manufacturer, known for its innovative stainless-steel cap design. After the sale of Volant to Atomic, Hank continued to make significant contributions to the industry, particularly in his role leading marketing efforts for Montana’s Yellowstone Club, the world’s first private ski and golf community, now boasting 875 families in its membership.

These remarkable individuals, each leaving a lasting impact on the world of skiing and snowboarding, will be honored at the 2023 Snowsports History Celebration in Park City, Utah, as they join the prestigious ranks of the U.S. National Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum.

Reference:

https://usskiandsnowboard.org/news/us-national-ski-snowboard-hall-fame-announces-2023-class

https://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/sports/local-sports/2023/09/demong-to-be-inducted-into-us-ski-snowboard-hall-of-fame/

https://snowboundexpo.com/news/u-s-national-ski-and-snowboard-hall-of-fame-and-museuminc-receives-generous-one-million-dollar-donation

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