GREENWICH — Willard Mountain Ski and Snow Sports Club of New York will host their inaugural Hall of Fame ceremony to induct Dave Vanderzee Sr., Patti Piper, Jim Smiley, and Mike Annette into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at Willard Mountain. Doug Lewis, 2x Olympian and World Champion, will be Master of Ceremonies. Tickets are $75.
The event will feature cocktails and foods from local farms, entertainment, as well as the Induction Ceremony. The inductees and their accomplishments include: Dave Vanderzee Sr., founder of Willard Mtn. who created the family-run ski area; Patti Piper, decorated athlete with unparalleled contribution to alpine skiing; Jim Smiley, 3 generations of unprecedented dedication to the program; Mike Annette who has put more people on the US Ski Team than any other coach.
“In recognition of our storied past, we will be creating a Hall of Fame “Seat” Wall that will serve as our podium to celebrate our past and our future,” said Dan Spigner, Program Director and Head Coach of the Willard Mountain Ski and Snow Sports Club. “Over 60 athletes participate annually, we are home to five high school alpine ski programs, have been part of the United Ski and Snow Board Association (USSA) for 51 years, and are currently part of the Vermont Alpine Racing Associate (VARA).”
Each year individuals are selected to become members of the Hall of Fame by an induction committee made up of the original members of the Hall of Fame and important names in ski and snow sports.
Tickets are available at eventbrite.com. To learn more about the Willard Mountain Ski and Snow Club, visit www.willardmountain.com