This year's list of people who have had significant impact on the sport of skiing and snowboarding include three with strong ties to the Northeast.
They are Stu Campbell, Paul Robbins, and Sepp Kober, all of whom lived in Vermont for significant portions of their lives.
A release from the Hall of Fame in Ishpeming, Mich., states:
"Stu Campbell lived in Stowe, Vt., and was a writer, instructor and resort executive who impacted millions of American skiers over a career that spanned five decades. He was the author of six books on ski instruction, served as an equipment consultant to several manufacturers, raced and coached racers and provided television commentary. For 30 years he was the instructional editor for SKI Magazine and was recognized, prior to his death in 2008, by the Vermont Ski Museum with its Paul Robbins Award for ski journalism as well as the Paul Robbins Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award by the North American Snowsport Journalists Association.
"Paul Robbins spent three decades as a ski journalist and as the U.S. Ski Team press officer. He possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of skiing and ski racers of every discipline that he willingly shared with anyone who asked. Ski jumper Jeff Hastings wrote: ‘His breath filled the sails of the athletes he covered.' Remembered by all who knew him as the man with the Scottish tam, Robbins died suddenly in 2008. The Paul Robbins Award for ski journalism is presented annually by the Vermont Ski Museum.
"Sepp Kober is known as the ‘Father of Southern Skiing.' After immigrating to the United States and instructing at Stowe, he was the first ski instructor at the first southern ski area to open a rope tow, Weiss Knob, in 1958. From then he worked to prove that skiing could exist south of the Mason Dixon Line. Today the Southeastern Ski Areas Association, which he founded, consists of 20 ski areas serving four to five million skiers annually and is considered the largest feeder of skiers to the mountain resorts in the west. He led the Southeast in as a charter member of the National Ski Areas Association. He resides in Hot Springs, Va."
The induction of the Class of 2009 will take place in Colorado April 9, 2010. This year's class brings the number of Honored Members to 368.
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