Barbara Ferries

Year Inducted: 1978

Born: September 5,1944    Houghton, MI


In 1960, Barbara Ferries won the National Junior Girls’ Slalom Championship and the National Junior Girls’ Downhill/Slalom Championship. Her brother, Charles Ferries  encouraged her to move from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to hone her skills on the more challenging slopes in the west. She completed her high school education in Aspen and later Boulder and then enrolled at the University of Colorado, Boulder.


In 1961, she won the downhill and giant slalom at the Roch Cup, and the downhill and slalom at the Harriman Cup. She also won the women’s slalom in the Jimmy Griffith Memorial Cup Races that same year.


Her career highlight was a bronze medal in downhill at the 1962 FIS World Championships held at Chamonix, France. She also finished fifth in slalom and eight in combined. She was the youngest member of the 1964 U.S. Winter Olympic Team.

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