Friedl Pfeifer (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1980
Born: March 23, 1911 St. Anton, Arlberg, AUT
Died: February 26, 1995 Paradise Valley, AZ
During the 1930's Freidl Pfeiffer was a top ski racer winning many of the prestigious races of the day culminating in 1936 with the combined downhill and slalom championship at the Arlberg Kandahar. He also was an instructor at the world famous Hannes Schneider Ski School.
In 1938 he created his own ski school at Sun Valley and over 1939 and 1940 won the U.S. national title in the slalom. The war found him as a member of the famous 10th Mountain Division where he fought with distinction suffering serious wounds.
After the war he founded the Aspen Skiing Corporation in 1945 and established the Aspen Ski School which he ran from 1946 to 1965. In 1958 he established the Buttermilk ski area in Aspen to serve beginner and intermediate level skiers.
Racing remained a lifelong interest.
In 1960 he founded the International Ski Racers Association and created the dual slalom racing format that characterized and popularized professional racing for the next three decades. He also served as the U.S. Women's ski team coach for the 1950 FIS championships and the 1956 Olympic Games.