Katharine Peckett Holman (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1982
Born: July 8, 1906 Sugar Hill, NH
Died: March 24,1999 Sugar Hill, NH
In October 1928, at the age of 22, Katharine Peckett, daughter of Robert P. Peckett who founded Peckett’s-on-Sugar Hill resort, enrolled in the Cuisine de Paris cooking school for a six month course.
During the Christmas break she spent her holiday skiing at Engleberg, Switzerland. She was much taken by the grand hotels and gracious living. Realizing that Peckett’s resort needed to increase the winter visits, she encouraged her parents to make a trip to Engelberg in February, 1929.
They were impressed by the ski school operation and teaching technique. They encouraged their daughter to create a ski school for their resort. Returning to Sugar Hill in the spring of 1929, she supervised and worked at clearing a slope diagonally across from the main building.
This became, in the winter of 1929-1930, the first official ski school in America, where the Arlberg technique was taught. The first two instructors were German, one being Herman Glatfelder. Later Sig Buchmayr came to Pecketts and a clientele was developed that read like a Who's Who in business, politics and society.