William Lash

Year Inducted: 1983

Born:  February 1, 1928           Cashmere, WA

Bill Lash was a key figure in the founding of the Professional Ski Instructors Association serving as its founding president from 1960 to 1968.

In 1947 he was the first ski school director at Magic Mountain in Idaho.  Three years later in 1959 he helped found the Intermountain Ski Instructor' Association.  Through the 1950's he was involved in the early organizational meetings that led to a national ski instructors certification program.  In 1958 he published Outline of Ski Teaching Methods.  The following year and into 1960 he organized the first national meetings of ski school directors and in May 1960 the PSIA was founded.

With Paul Valar he wrote three editions of Official American Ski Techniques. He was active in the National Ski Areas Association and received many honorees including the PSIA Lifetime Achievement award. 

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