US Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame announces latest inductees
PARK CITY, Utah — The United States Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame announced its inductee class of 2022 Monday at a Hall of Fame fundraiser in Park City.
This year’s class includes snowboarder and X Games gold medalist Tina Basich, Olympic medalist and snowboarder Shannon Dunn-Downing, snowboarder Terry Kidwell, speed skier CJ Mueller, freeski pioneer Kent Kreitler and alpine ski coach Phil McNichol. Gary Black, editor of Ski Racing International, Alan Gregory, leader of Mammoth Mountain and Alterra Mountain Company, and Gwen Allard, pioneer of adapted snow sports, are also part of this year’s class.
“The Hall of Fame Class of 2022 represents true luminaries who have achieved great success – not just for themselves, but by helping to elevate our sports of skiing and snowboarding,” said Brian Fairbank, Member and President of the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame, in a statement. “Our double induction at the Big Sky Resort in March will be a wonderful way for our entire sport to celebrate their accomplishments.”
While the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame is at Olympic Park in Utah, the US Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame is in Ishpeming, Michigan, the birthplace of what was formerly known as the National Ski Association. . Each year, the Hall’s induction ceremony is held at a prestigious national resort, with the next scheduled for Big Sky Resort in Montana. Additionally, the class of 2021 will be honored on March 24, 2023, while the class of 2022 will have their induction on March 25.
The class of 2021 includes Parkite Alan Schoenberger, a freestyle skier known for his work in ski ballet. Schoenberger’s entry on the Alf Engen Ski Museum website credits him with first or second place in 16 international ballet ski competitions between 1974 and 1976. Whether he worked with ski simulators or played in theatrical ski shows, Schoenberger has a stacked resume.
“It’s still surreal to me in a way,” Schoenberger said. “My life, I just do cool stuff. And we’ve been able to develop simulation devices over the years, working with ski racers – stuff like that – to build my new show. … Just being recognized is really surreal to me. There’s a part of me that says I’m not sure I’m really alive, going through this.
Schoenberger is a graduate of Utah State University and has lived in Park City for more than 20 years. He had a background in dance and loved skiing, so ski ballet was a natural choice.
“For me, acrobatic ballet was a way to merge those two things that I really loved,” Schoenberger said. “I didn’t care so much about the competition, but it was the stage I could perform on. And it turns out that it worked pretty well for me.
Ski ballet was a demonstration sport at the 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympics, but it never became a full Olympic sport. Schoenberger compared it to dancing or figure skating on skis. While ski ballet may be in the annals of Olympic history, Schoenberger’s impact on skiing, as well as the rest of his fellow inductees, will live on.
“When I was a little kid, so big, how do you know you’re going to grow up doing something you really love and get recognized for it?” he said. “That’s kind of how I feel about it.”