The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum announces its 2012 Hall of Fame inductees. Jake and Donna Carpenter will be the first snowboarders inducted into the hall since the museum added snowboarding to its name in December 2010. The class of 2012 also includes D. Trowbridge Elliman, Charles Minot Dole, Leslie Thompson Hall and Tiger Shaw.
"This group of pioneers, athletes and special contributors embodies what the museum is all about," said Board of Directors Chairman Rick Hamlin. "Their contributions represent Vermont's critical role in the evolution of skiing and snowboarding."
Several events will take place this fall to celebrate the 2012 inductees and the Museum's 10th anniversary. The Carpenters will be inducted on September 27th at the Grand Reopening of the Museum, which is being renovated with a new long-term snowboarding exhibit and a special year-long exhibit from the Burton Archives called One Track Mind. Following the induction ceremony, the newly renovated museum will open to the public at 7:30 for a first look at the new exhibits and showing of Burton's latest snowboarding film, '13'.
Later this fall, Charles Minot Dole will be inducted on Saturday October 20th at the National Ski Patrol's 75thAnniversary. All inductees will be celebrated on October 21st at Trapp Family Lodge.
Here are the biographies of this year's inductees:
Jake Burton Carpenter has dedicated over 35 years of his life to snowboarding. He founded Burton in 1977 and has played a vital role in transitioning snowboarding from a backyard hobby to a world- class sport. In the early years, Burton Snowboards was based in Jake's Vermont barn and he delivered boards out of his station wagon. Today, Jake still leads the day-to-day workings of the world's most successful snowboard company, testing nearly every product Burton makes and taking rider feedback to heart. He still can be found at Stowe almost every day it's open (and plenty of days it's not) hiking for early and late season turns. And he still makes many of the company's biggest decisions from a chairlift, not a desk.
Donna Gaston Carpenter met Jake in 1982 and they were married a year later. She has been an integral part of the company ever since, leading the expansion to Europe, developing women's product and marketing initiatives and creating internal programs to recruit and promote women. She currently holds the position of President, leading international business and global human resources. She also heads up the non-profit Chill Foundation, which she and Jake founded in 1995 to provide life-changing experiences through snowboarding for urban youth.
Charles Minot "Minnie" Dole (April 18, 1899-March 14, 1976) helped to found the National Ski Patrol in 1938 after losing a friend in ski accident and having one himself. After getting the NSP running, Dole proposed the 10th Mountain Division, an elite Army division trained in mountain warfare and survival that fought in World War II.Dole continued as head of the National Ski Patrol System until 1950 at which point there were4,000 members serving 300 ski patrols up from 89 local patrols and 1500 registered patrolmen in 1941-42. Today, the organization is made up of more than 27,000 members serving over 600 patrols, including alpine, Nordic, and auxiliary patrollers. NSP still adheres to the creed of "Service and Safety" established by Dole and his advisors and is still dedicated to serving the public and outdoor recreation industry by providing education and accreditation to emergency care and safety service providers.
D. Trowbridge "Trow" Elliman founded the Vermont Alpine Racing Association (VARA) "to keep ski racing first in Vermont and Vermont ski racers first in the world." Elliman was publisher of the Stowe Reporter from 1960-1998, and the paper chronicled and promoted skiing and ski racing, covering all levels of racing . . . from after school programs to international competitions. He helped administer the Mount Mansfield Ski Club's Junior and Hopefuls racing programs. Elliman also served as a director of the Eastern Ski Association and Eastern Ski Writers Association and as an instructor with the Sepp Ruschp Ski School.
Leslie Thompson Hall competed internationally from 1988-1995, including the 1988, 1992 and 1994 Olympics. She was a three-time All American standout at Dartmouth and participated in FIS World SkiChampionships in 1993 and 1995. She is a recipient of the Finlandia Award for outstanding cross country skier, the Erik Judeen Award for the highest scoring woman in the US Cross Country Championships and the Martha Rockwell Award for the fastest woman in 5km at the US Cross Country Championships in 1988 and 1995. In 1988 she received the Buddy Werner Award, given to a United States competitor who demonstrated leadership and good sportsmanship in national or international competition. Today, she coaches cross country skiing in Washington State.
Gale H. "Tiger" Shaw is a two-time Olympian who also earned eight top ten finishes in World Cup competition during his international career. In 1983, he beat both Steve and Phil Mahyre in the GS. Prior to hitting the World Cup circuit, Shaw had skied for the Mount Mansfield Ski Club, Stratton Mountain School and Dartmouth. He was the Buddy Werner Award winner in both 1986 and 1991. He continues his participation in skiing as a USSA board member, a coach in the Ford sayre program and current employer Global Rescue.
The Paul Robbins Ski Journalism Award will be presented to Sporty Bell and posthumously to Linda Adams, Associate Ski Editors at the Stowe Reporter.
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