William C. Janss  (deceased)

Year Inducted: 1979

Born: 1918 California

Died: December 4, 1996 Sun Valley, ID

By the age of 20, Janss had already established a brilliant ski race career. He was a member of the Stanford University ski team for three years, a California State Champion and was selected as a member of the 1940 U.S. Olympic alpine squad. During the war, Janss was an instructor for the Royal Canadian Air Force, and was later made an officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps, flying P-38’s.

After the war, together with his brother Ed, he developed Snowmass Ski Area near Aspen and then purchased Sun Valley Resort from the Union Pacific Railroad in 1964. In 1968, he took full control of the Sun Valley stock, and then sold it in 1978. In the ten years he owned Sun Valley he replaced all but one of the sixteen lifts, and added three more. Being a pilot, he pioneered helicopter skiing in 1966, and developed six condominium complexes at Sun Valley, with 390 units. He served on the boards of the U.S. Ski Association, the U.S. Alpine Committee and the U.S. Ski Educational Foundation.

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