In this episode of Legendary New Mexico, we are honoring the state’s winter sports heroes. The purpose of the New Mexico Ski Hall of Fame is to honor pioneers, competitors and people who give their heart and soul to the development of skiing and snowboarding in New Mexico. The hall of fame and the New Mexico Ski Museum is located at the base of the Sandia Peak Tramway. There are about 32 individuals in the hall of fame, including the New Mexico Ski Team from 2005.
Albuquerque woman becomes pioneer in skiing
Long before women had a voice in the sport of skiing, there was Elizabeth Woolsey.
Flying High Again
The ski jump has gone through a number of changes in the past thirty years. First and foremost, the form of the jump has changed from parallel skis to a “V” formation, which gives athletes greater loft and farther distances.
John Dendahl was a leader in skiing and politics
Before John Dendahl’s name was synonymous with politics, it was big in the world of skiing.
Skiing has major boost to NM economy
It’s long been considered one of the biggest boosts to New Mexico’s economy in the winter, the sport of skiing. For whatever majestic mountains the state has to offer, it was enough for innovators to carve out trails for skiing and in turn, pump hundreds of millions of dollars back into the state.
Sweetheart of the Skeleton
Imagine barreling down a chute of ice, head first at more than 80 miles per hour. A sled weighing more than half your body weight is the only thing that separates you from the ice by mere inches. It’s a sport of gravity, and as such, heavier competitors are favored.