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Charles Minot "Minnie" Dole (born Tyngsboro, Massachusetts April 18, 1899 died Greenwich, Connecticut– March 14,1976) was the founder of the National Ski Patrol. He is no relation to Bob Dole.



Dole learned how to ski in the Boy Scouts of America and attended Phillips Academy. Though he enlisted in the US Army during World War I, the war finished before he completed his basic training. Following the War he graduated from Yale University in 1923.[1]

Minnie Dole formed the National Ski Patrol in 1938 and was director of the organization until 1950.

During World War II, Dole convinced the War Department to form the 10th Mountain Division, a mountaineering unit.

Dole is honored across the ski industry with plaques and other honors. A trail was dedicated in his honor at Berkshire East Ski Area. Dole was inducted into the United States National Ski Hall of Fame in 1958.

Second grave marker



  • Dole, Charles Minot Dole Adventures in Skiing F Watts (1965)

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