Dorothy H. Nebel (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1972
Born: 1905, Schenectedy, NY
Died: February 1, 2001, Denville, NJ
Dorothy Nebel is seen as an important pioneering figure in the early history of women's skiing in the United States. Her career covered a 52 year period spanning divisional to international competition as well as ski instruction.
As a teenager she competed in ski jumping and frequently had to race against men. She was a member of the U.S. FIS team in 1938 and after winning several key races in the west was named to the 1940 Olympic team. During the 1940-41 season she won the Eastern Amateur women's combined title by sweeping the downhill and slalom events. In 1942 she won the downhill in a United States versus Canada event at Lake Placid.
She coached and instructed at Pico Peak, the home ski area of Andrea Mead. Mead was her pupil and went on to become one of America's most successful skiers with her double gold medal victory at the Olympic Winter Games in 1952.
Nebel also managed the ski school at Gore Mountain in New York and was a founder of the New York State section of the Professional Ski Instructors Association.