Six Elected to US Ski Hall of Fame


Ishpeming, MI Sept 25 (AP)–Renowned French ski racer and instructor Emile Allais, longtime journalist John Henry Auran and the late ski jumping champion Merrill “Mezzy” Barber of Brattleboro, Vt., led a group of seven inducted Saturday night into the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame.

Allais, bronze medalist in combined in the 1936 Winter Olympics at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, was the first French world champion, capturing both ends of the combined event _ downhill and slalom _ in the 1937 World Championships at Chamonix. He also took the silver medal in slalom in the 1938 world championships at Engelberg, Switzerland, but a broken ankle ended his racing career in 1939.

He went on to an illustrious career as an instructor, devising the parallel-ski method, and ski resort designer. His 1937 book on “The French Method” was a sensation and he later helped design Squaw Valley, Calif., site of the 1960 Winter Games, as well as Courchevel, LaPlagne and other French resorts.

In addition, Allais taught for many years at Portillo, Chile, and was alpine Olympic coach for Canada in 1948 and the United States in 1952.

Barber, made an honorary citizen of Norway because of the affection he generated while training and competing there before World War II, was the 1952 U.S. ski jumping champion. He was a member of the 1940 U.S. Olympic Team, which did not get to compete because of the approaching world war, and spent years working with young skiers in southern Vermont before his death in 1989.

Auran, a veteran of four decades covering skiing in this country, is a former managing editor of Ski Magazine and senior editor of Skiing Magazine.

Other inductees were veteran alpine racing official Dr. J. Leland Sosman of Waterville Valley, N.H.; jumping official Fritz Mittelstadt of Rothschild, Wis.; ski pole designer Edward Scott of Ketchum, Idaho; and Pacific Northwest ski resort pioneer Webb Moffett of Snoqualmie, Wash.

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