Epic Moments by Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Inductees

Let’s hear it for the movers and shak­ers of the ski and snow­board worlds! The U.S. Ski and Snow­board Hall of Fame has been rec­og­niz­ing excep­tion­al peo­ple since 1954, and ten new inductees have just joined the impres­sive list of ski and snow­board game-changers.

Among the list of the class of 2014: Dr. Robert Smith (the genius behind Smith Optics), Jean­nie Thoren (cred­it­ed for help­ing design the first women-spe­cif­ic ski gear), Ralph Miller (he dom­i­nat­ed the ski scene in the 1950s) and John McMur­ty (he coached Lind­say Vonn, Julia Man­cu­so, and Bode Miller when they were up-and-comers).

With the new inductees, the num­ber of ski and snow­board greats hon­ored in the U.S. Ski and Snow­board Hall of Fame now totals 404. Here are some of the great­est moments of Ski and Snow­board Hall of Fame inductees, new and old.


Chris Dav­en­port
A brand new 2015 inductee, Chris Dav­en­port is one of the world’s most accom­plished big moun­tain skiers and ski moun­taineers. He’s been at it for ages, but at 43, he’s still killing on the moun­tain — and at life in general.


Shane McConkey
It’s hard to know where to start with Shane McConkey because he impact­ed the sport in so many ways. From chang­ing the world of freeski­ing to rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing ski gear as we know it today, Shane was an indus­try leg­end. He was posthu­mous­ly induct­ed into the Hall of Fame in 2010, short­ly after his trag­ic death in 2009 in a BASE jump­ing accident.


Ross Pow­ers
This class of 2015 inductee is only the fourth snow­board­er to be elect­ed into the Ski and Snow­board Hall of Fame. Ross Pow­ers was there when the sport made its first appear­ance in the Win­ter Olympic Games: check out this throw­back to the very first half pipe competition.


War­ren Miller
It’s hard to think where the ski film indus­try would be with­out War­ren Miller. Induct­ed in 1978, War­ren Miller is still pro­duc­ing killer movies today — he recent­ly pre­miered his 65th film, No Turn­ing Back. Check out the trail­er here.


Scot Schmidt
Pro­fes­sion­al ski­er Scot Schmidt is known for his incred­i­bly smooth style. This all-star ski­er has been dom­i­nat­ing the slopes of Squaw Val­ley since 1983 and has appeared in 40 ski movies through­out his career (includ­ing the leg­endary Aspen Extreme). Known as the “god­fa­ther of Amer­i­can freeski­ing,” 2013 inductee Scot is con­sis­tent­ly cit­ed as the inspi­ra­tion of many of today’s great­est freeskiers.


Craig Kel­ly
If you’re a snow­board­er, the name Craig Kel­ly should mean some­thing to you: this is a man who made the sport as we know it today. From win­ning world cham­pi­onships to found­ing ski resorts to seg­ments in snow sport films to his work with Bur­ton, Craig touched vir­tu­al­ly every aspect of the sport. Though he was killed in an avalanche in 2003, his lega­cy con­tin­ues to impact snow­board­ing, as evi­denced by his 2012 induc­tion into the US Ski and Snow­board Hall of Fame.


Nan­cy Greene
A Cana­di­an inductee in the US Ski and Snow­board Hall of Fame? Yep, it’s hap­pened: Nan­cy Greene was induct­ed back in 1969 after dom­i­nat­ing the inter­na­tion­al ski rac­ing scene. She’s gone on to help devel­op some major ski resorts (like Whistler and Sun Peaks) and has been an advo­cate in pro­mot­ing and teach­ing the sport to future gen­er­a­tions. No won­der they induct­ed this Canuck.