Ishpeming, MI – World Champion ski racer Daron Rahlves, one of the world’s most noted big mountain skiers, the late Shane McConkey, and iconic skiing legend Glen Plake are among a roster of six skiers and builders named as inductees to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010. The announcement was made today by Hall of Fame Chairman, Bernie Weichsel.nThey will be joined by: Paralympic medalist and World Champion, Muffy Davis; national skiing champion from the 1960’s and 70’s and 1972 Olympian, Bobby Cochran; and noted sports builder and Sun Valley, Idaho and Snowbasin, Utah, ski resort owner, Earl
Holding. The class will be inducted on April 2, 2011 at Sun Valley as part of a week long celebration of skiing history including Sun Valley’s 75th season as a major ski resort.
“This year’s Hall of Fame inductees include some great diversity in contributions to our
sport,” said Weichsel. “Each shares in common a great passion for skiing and each has
made a tremendous difference in bringing recognition to this lifelong sport enjoyed by
millions around the world.”
Bobby Cochran, who now resides in Surry, N.H., is the third member of the famous skiing family from Vermont to enter the Hall of Fame, joining sisters Barbara (Class of ’76) and Marilyn (Class of ’78).
Through the 1960’s and 70’s Cochran displayed exemplary dedication, discipline and
excellence in state, national, collegiate, international and professional ski racing. He
became, at the age of 16, one of the youngest skiers to be selected to the U.S. Ski Team
and enjoyed a six-year career (1968-1974) before moving on to the World Professional
Tour. His career of success started early when as a high school freshman he won the
national junior championship in the giant slalom in 1967. He went on to win seven
national titles between 1969 and 1973. He also added an NCAA downhill title to his
resume. He won the prestigious Roch Cup downhill in 1971. In 1973, his best season,
he became the first U.S. male skier to win a World Cup giant slalom and reached the
podium in three out of four skiing disciplines. The highlight of that year was his winning
the Hahnenkamm combined. Over three seasons from 1970 to 1973, Cochran achieved
twenty-two top 10 placements on the World Cup Tour including four podium finishes.
Muffy Davis, of Salt Lake City, Utah, grew up racing with Picabo Street at Sun Valley until an accident in 1989
ended her career as an able-bodied skier. She elected to return to her academic studies
completing a degree at Stanford before returning to the slopes after attending Hall of
Famer Sarah Will’s adaptive skiing camp in 1995. Thus began an outstanding career
resulting in four Paralympic medals (a bronze and three silvers), a World Championship
gold in 2000 and back-to-back World Cup overall titles in 2000 and 2001. During her
racing career she reached the podium 20 times. She also successfully completed first
wheelchair ascents of Mount Shasta and Pike’s Peak.
The sole sport builder in this year’s class, Salt Lake City’s Earl Holding, is known in the business world as the
owner of Sinclair Oil and the Little America chain of hotels. But, in 1977, he purchased
Sun Valley and began a revitalization and beautification program to restore the historic
resort that in 1936 was among the first to be built in the United States. This investment
program included the planting of over 7,000 trees, installing seven new detachable quad
lifts and the world’s largest automated snowmaking system. New lodges and other
improvements were made to improve the skier and family experience, including an eight
passenger gondola to the historic Round House Lodge.
Holding played a key role in bringing the 2002 Olympic Winter Games to Salt Lake City and
contributed significantly to its success. He purchased and developed Snowbasin into a
world class ski area which hosted the men’s and women’s Olympic downhill, combined
and super G events.
The late Shane McConkey has been called the most influential skier of his generation for
popularizing free skiing and encouraging the development of equipment so more skiers
could enjoy back country and deep powder conditions. In 1993 the skier from Squaw Valley, Calif., won the World Pro
Mogul Tour and added the South American Freeskiing championship in 1994. The next
year he claimed the U.S. Freeskiing championship and twice won, in 1996 and 1998,
the International Freeskier Association World Tour Championship. He was a leader in
bringing “fat skis” to the slopes. In 2002, he helped develop the first reverse camber and
reverse side cut ski, the Volant Spatula, and four years later introduced the K2 Pontoon.
During his career he was featured in 26 films about skiing and became a world leader in
ski base jumping. He died in a ski base jumping accident on March 26, 2009.
With his signature multi-colored Mohawk hairstyle and his unrelenting enthusiasm for
skiing, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.’s Glen Plake is certainly the best-known and recognizable skier in the world. The
three time World Hot Dog skiing champion has become the symbol of the fun, joy and
spirit of skiing. His outstanding ability on skis and personality have made him a skiing
film star and many of the films that he has appeared in are now classics in the industry
including “The Blizzard of Aahhh’s”, “Fistful of Moguls”, “License to Thrill”, “The
Edge of Never”, and this year “Legend of Aahhh’s.” His television, and magazine
appearances as well as commentary work is seemingly endless. He continues to promote
skiing at all levels from his high altitude expeditions around the world to his “Down
Home Tour” where Glen and his wife Kimberly ski at local areas around the United
Truckee, Calif.’s Daron Rahlves retired from the U.S. Alpine Ski Team in 2006 as the single most
decorated skier in the downhill with nine World Cup victories to his credit. Among his
victories was his 2003 win at the historic and prestigious Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuhel
Austria. Two years earlier he had stunned the highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic
crowd at St Anton, Austria by beating local heroes Stephan Eberharter and Herman
Maier for the World Championship gold medal in the super G. He capped his World
Championship resume with a bronze medal in the giant slalom in 2005. His career record includes four U.S. titles and 16 World Cup podiums. An outstanding athlete, he
also holds the 1993 Expert World Championship title in jet skiing and has won many
extreme skiing events. After leaving the alpine team Rahlves became one of the world’s
best ski cross athletes, leading the U.S.A. in the newest Olympic sport at the Vancouver
Olympics, his fourth as a U.S. Olympian.
The Hall of Fame Induction will be held on Saturday, April 2nd in Sun Valley and will
cap a week of festivities. The week will include the annual gathering of the International
Skiing History Association as well as a series of industry reunions.
“Our annual induction ceremony has grown considerably the last two years with
successful events at Park City Resort and Beaver Creek,” said Weichsel. “This year’s
celebration will be even bigger and a great way to showcase these amazing heroes of our
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame is located in Ishpeming, Mich., the “birthplace
of organized skiing in America.” Its mission is to provide respected, permanent national
recognition for excellence in achievement in skiing and snowboarding. The class of 2010
was elected by a National Voting Panel of over 100 electors chosen for their knowledge
and enthusiasm for snow sports. The six new inductees will bring the Honor Roll to 374
individuals recognized since 1956.