2022 Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame - Warren Miller Alumni
The highest honor in the snowsports industry is to be inducted into the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. It provides the ultimate and lasting recognition for those American skiers and snowboarders who excelled as competitors or contributors to the advancement of skiing and snowboarding in all of its forms.
Its Honor Roll of over 430 honored members reflects the richness and diversity of American snowsport from the early pioneer ski jumpers and organizers to so many Warren Miller alum like Glen Plake, Jonny Moseley, and many, many more!
The recent inductees feature past Warren Miller atheltes Seth Wescott, Kit DesLauriers and Scott Brooksbank!
Warren Miller Features:
- 2018 - Face of Winter
- 2017 - Line of Descent
- 2016 - Here, There, & Everywhere
- 2015 - Chasing Shadows
- 2014 - No Turning Back
- 2013 - Ticket to Ride
- 2011 - Like There's No Tomorrow
- 2009 - Dynasty
- 2008 - Children of Winter
- 2006 - Off The Grid
Seth Wescott was a decorated snowboarder and dynamic spokesperson for his sport. He brought broad recognition to snowboarding as a rare back-to-back Olympic champion. In his career he won four X Games medals including a gold, and four World Championship medals, also one gold. But his claim to fame came when he won the debut of snowboard cross at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, then backed it up with a second gold in 2010 at Vancouver. Today he remains active in the sport as a co-owner of Winterstick, and also picked up wins in the fabled Mt. Baker banked slalom in 2019 and 2020.
Warren Miller Features:
- 2019 - Timeless
Kit DesLauriers was the first person to ski from the top of the Seven Summits and the winner of consecutive Freeride World Tour titles. She is one of the most accomplished ski mountaineers in history.
In 2004 and 2005, DesLauriers became the first female to win back-to-back, season-long titles on the Freeride World Tour, despite being roughly a decade older than the rest of the international field. At the same time, she embarked on her breakthrough journey to become the first person, male or female, to climb and ski from the top of each of the Seven Summits, the highest peaks on each of the continents. Her focus in the past decade has been on expeditions to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, including mapping the highest peak in the Brooks Range, for which she was honored as the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2015.
Warren Miller Features:
- 1972 - Winter People
- 1974 - The Color of Skiing
- 1976 - Skiing on my Mind
- 1979 - Winter Fever
- 1981 - Ski in the Sun
- 1982 - Snowonder
- 1983 - Ski Time
- 1984 - Ski Country
- 1985 - Steep and Deep
- 1986 - Beyond the Edge
- 1990 - Extreme Winter
Ever the ultimate professional, multi-talented Scott Brooksbank “took freestyle to a new level” as an athlete, coach, and organizer. He’s been called “the most decorated freestyle skier in history.” During the sport’s 1970s heyday, he won five world titles, made more than 40 podium appearances, and collected multiple titles in all three of freestyle’s widely diverse disciplines: moguls, aerials, and ballet.
Brooksbank came late to skiing, and had to outwork the field to rise to the top. He had a competitive diving background and some experience at small ski areas near his Minnesota home, when he showed up in Vail for the 1971 winter. A year later, he would drive away with freestyle skiing’s most valuable price, winning the Chevrolet Exhibition Skiing Championships and a Corvette.
In 1976, Ski Racing named him International Freestyle Skier of the Year, and he was Skiing’s pick as Men’s Freestyle Skier of the Year. He appeared on five SKI and Skiing magazine covers.
He was a highly respected coach and mentor to hundreds of future freestylers, skied on various demo teams and exhibition tours in spreading the freestyle mantra globally. He was also featured in more than 25 ski films or videos, including a half-dozen Warren Miller films, where his fearless and adventurous style had the film crew so captured that they had to resist running too much Brooksbank footage in their movies.
In 1993, he launched the alternative ‘Ski with the Legends’ program at Northstar in California, banking on the concept that there were plenty of Baby Boomers who grew up idolizing the ’70s freestylers who would want to ski with their childhood heroes. He was right.
Brooksbank kept on going as a coach and athlete in the 1980s and ’90s, mentoring a junior national champion as the director of Freestyle Skiing at Sunday River in 1990 and 1991, and competing in the Legends of Freestyle from ’92-’96.
Through all the titles, podiums and cars won, Brooksbank cites his organizational role in the late 1970s, as insurance concerns grounded the once-lucrative U.S. tours, as the highlight of his career. He was a board member of the Freestyle Skiers of America and worked to put together the World Cup Freestyle Tour. Brooksbank also provided the critical bridge to freestyle becoming part of the FIS World Cup tour and with moguls finally joining the Olympic family at the 1992 Albertville Games.
Congtas to these INSPIRATIONAL inductees!