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The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Ishpeming, Michigan, the birthplace of organized skiing in the United States. Located in the state's Upper Peninsula, the building includes the hall of fame and museum, as well as a theater, library, gift shop, offices, and ample storage space for archive material and collections. The current building opened in 1992.

National Ski Hall of Fame
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Side view of building shows its ski jump shape
National Ski Hall of Fame is located in Michigan
National Ski Hall of Fame
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Coordinates46°30′11″N 87°39′56″W / 46.503°N 87.6655°W / 46.503; -87.6655Coordinates: 46°30′11″N 87°39′56″W / 46.503°N 87.6655°W / 46.503; -87.6655



Front view of building

The National Ski Association, today known as the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, was formed in Ishpeming in 1905, 114 years ago.[1] It was formed during a meeting of ski clubs from Ishpeming, Minneapolis, Red Wing, Minnesota, and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.[1] Ispheming Ski Club founder Carl Tellefsen (1854−1908) was its first president,[2][3] and for his contribution, he was among the first four to be accorded honored membership in the hall of fame in early 1957.[4][5][6]

The Roland Palmedo Memorial Library, one of the largest research ski libraries in the United States is housed here. Roland Palmedo (1895−1977) was a ski-sport builder and contributor for more than 50 years.[7] He helped to organize the National Ski Patrol,[8] the teacher certification program, and various early ski teams and clubs. Palmedo also founded Mad River Glen ski area, edited two skiing books, and developed one of the most extensive ski libraries in America. Following his death, his family donated his library to the National Ski Hall of Fame and Museum where it has become the nucleus for the Roland Palmedo Memorial Library.

Notable members of the Hall of FameEdit


  1. ^ a b Baulch, Vivian M. (February 1, 2002). "Michigan's long history of ski jumping". The Detroit News. ISSN 1055-2715. Archived from the original on December 9, 2012. Retrieved February 13, 2011.
  2. ^ "Ishpeming to host top ski officials". Milwaukee Sentinel. February 12, 1961. p. 4-S.
  3. ^ Dooley, Don (February 12, 1967). "Hall traces art of skiing". Milwaukee Journal. p. 3, part 4.
  4. ^ "Name ski fame picks on Feb. 21". Milwaukee Sentinel. February 13, 1958. p. 8, part 3.
  5. ^ Staff (2007). "USSA History". U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. Archived from the original on April 12, 2009. Retrieved June 2, 2012.
  6. ^ Johnson, Alice; Morissette, Mary (June 2002). "Forefather: Carl Tellefsen". Skiing Heritage Journal. 14 (2): 41.
  7. ^ Lund, Morten (September 2009). "The amazing, intriguing Roland Palmedo - ski pioneer". Skiing Heritage: 21–25.
  8. ^ Strauss, Michael (March 13, 1988). "National Ski Patrol plans 50-year reunion in Vermont". Palm Beach Daily News. p. B8.
  9. ^ "Robert Beattie". National Ski Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  10. ^ "Ernie Blake, Ski Resort Owner, 75". The New York Times. January 19, 1989. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  • Boyum, Burt; LaFreniere, Jamie (2003). The Ishpeming Ski Club: Over a Century of Skiing. Ishpeming, MI: US National Ski and Hall of Fame Museum.

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