Preston Leete Smith
Year Inducted: 2000
Born: February 3, 1920 New York City, NY
Preston Leete Smith started the Killington Ski area in 1955 when he was just 25 years old. He raised the necessary start up capital of $85,000 personally. Through his efforts and constant commitment to improving the skier experience he made Killington into one of the leading and profitable ski areas in the east. Killington was known for its customer service, its early adaptation of new techniques, such as GLM in ski instruction and improvements to snowmaking and its support for young skiing athletes. His own daughter Leslie Leete Smith competed on the 1976 Olympic ski team and Hall of Famer Donna Weinbrecht developed her moguls skills on Killington's slopes.
Leete Smith contributed to the ski industry as a volunteer serving as President and Treasurer of the Vermont Ski Association and Treasurer director of the NSAA. He also served on the board of the U.S. Ski Education Foundation.