Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2021

July 29, 2021

Pioneers, Athletes, and Inspirations: Join the 44th Annual Celebration on August 22 to Welcome the Five Newest Members of the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame

VAIL, Colo. – July 29, 2021 – The Colorado Snowsports Museum Hall of Fame is honored to announce the Hall of Fame class of 2021, an impressive group of industry pioneers, inspirational individuals and world-class athletes who will be formally inducted on August 22 at the 2021 Hall of Fame Celebration in Vail.

The Induction Celebration takes a whole new approach this year, with a family-friendly, open-air format at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and with ticket prices starting at just $50 for adults. All proceeds go to support the Colorado Snowsports Museum, a non-profit organization and the State of Colorado’s official snowsports museum. The event will be hosted by two-time World Champion skier, Chris Davenport.

“It’s such an honor to be welcoming this esteemed group to the Snowsports Hall of Fame. Each has a fascinating story and a dedication to the sport they love,” said Jennifer Mason, Executive Director, Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame. “We’re so excited for this year’s celebration, which has been redesigned with the single goal of making it more inclusive, fun and welcoming, to reflect our mission and excite people about the rich history of skiing and snowboarding in Colorado.”

The 2021 Class of the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame:

Ellen Post Foster – Pioneer – a former world-class international freestyle competitor who has spent her life studying skiing and sharing her lessons, Foster helped create the current foundation of knowledge in the snow sports education field.

James Niehues – Inspiration – For 33 years, Colorado native and iconic ski resort trail map artist James Niehues has painted more than 200 stunning ski resort trail maps that skiers and snowboarders have used to navigate Colorado and other resorts worldwide. No other artist has had a more lasting and significant impact on the enjoyment of skiing.

Pam (Conklin) Pettee – Pioneer – Pettee blazed a trail in the promotion and media relations arenas for the Colorado ski industry. She held roles at both Vail and Telluride as well as being a ski industry lobbyist, accomplished public relations consultant and freelance ski writer.

Scott Rawles – Athlete – A former professional mogul skier, as a U.S. Ski Team Moguls coach Rawles led the team at five freestyle world championships resulting in 20 medals and four different world champions in moguls and dual moguls. Under his direction, the U.S. Freestyle Team won the Nations Cup in 2010, 2012 and 2013, and he is a three-time USSA International Coach of the Year.

Dave Stapleton Jr. – Athlete – A former U.S. Ski Team and professional racer who has dedicated his career to strengthening the Aspen Valley Ski Club. Through his efforts and fundraising work, Stapleton Jr. has given back to the sport at a level beyond most, benefitting many future generations of ski racers.

More detailed bios of the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame 2021 class are available at:

The Induction Ceremony will also include the Annual Recognition Awards, honoring individuals who have excelled in 2020 and 2021:

  • Jamie Duke – Lifetime Achievement Award 2020
  • Carl Peterson – Top of the Hill Award 2020
  • Mikaela Shiffrin – Competitor of the Year 2020 & 2021
  • Kendall Gretsch – Adaptive Athlete of the Year 2020
  • Keith Gabel – Adaptive Athlete of the Year 2021
  • Storm Klomhaus – Collegiate Skier of the Year 2020
  • Tobias Kogler – Collegiate Skier of the Year 2020
  • Cassidy Gray – Collegiate Skier of the Year 2021
  • Magnus Boee – Collegiate Skier of the Year 2021

The 2021 Hall of Fame Celebration Ceremony will begin at 3pm on August 22nd, 2021, at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Colorado, and feature Bavarian-themed food stations, attendees in their favorite lederhosen and dirndls, live music, as well as a silent auction and photo opportunities.

For more information and to buy tickets for the 2021 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, visit:

About the Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame:

Founded in 1975 and located in Vail, Colorado, our mission is to celebrate Colorado snow sports by telling stories that educate and inspire others to seek adventure. The priceless artifacts we collect and display tell the story of the birth, rise and explosion of skiing and snowboarding in Colorado. The Museum features displays including Climb to Glory about the 10th Mountain Division, Vail’s DNA, The Colorado Snowboard Archive, and The Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame, among many others. Learn more and consider supporting the Museum by becoming a member:

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Matt Bennett