The U.S. National Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame will host a week-long celebration Sept. 11-20, honoring the 2008 class of inductees, which includes Midwestern homeboy Cary Adgate, a former U.S. Ski Team member and Olympian who grew up on Boyne Mountain. Other members of the 2008 Hall of Fame class include a couple of other former U.S. Ski Team members; freestyle mogul skiers Liz McIntyre and Nelson Carmichael; and pioneer ski mountaineer Bill Briggs. All will be on hand during the week long festivities.
Hall of Fame week kicks of with the National Ski Jumpers Reunion BBQ Friday night, Sept. 11. The weekend will feature a junior ski jumping tournament on the plastic hills at Suicide Hill Ski Bowl.
There will be several public events at the Hall of Fame during the week including two film nights to show films on big mountain skiing, including the highly acclaimed film Steep, which leads off with Bill Brigg's amazing first descent of the Grand Teton. Plans also call for demonstrations of Nordic skiing as well as ramps and rails in the Hall of Fame parking lot with snow. It's the UP, after all.
The week ends with the Class of 2008 banquet at UpFront and Company on Friday, Sept. 18, and the colorful Kiwanis Breakfast Saturday morning. The highlight is the Placement Ceremony and Open House at the Hall of Fame Saturday afternoon. It's a great time of year for a visit to Michigan's Upper Peninsula with fall colors just starting to creep down the mountainsides.
Adgate, who had an outstanding amateur career as a U.S. Ski Team member and former Olympian, made history at his professional debut in 1981 by winning his first two World Pro Skiing tour events back-to-back. He scored 25 tour victories and 71 top-four finishes over the next nine years and went on to become one of the most winning pro ski racers ever. He currently serves as Boyne Resorts' ski ambassador.