Richard Durrance (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1958
Born: October 23, 1914, Tarpon Springs, Florida; died: 2004, Richard H. "Dick" Durrance was an excellent ski jumper, but it was his skills as an alpine skier that made him a legend. He honed his skills at Dartmouth College under the tutelage of Otto Schniebs and Walter Prager . From 1935 through 1941 he won ten national titles in slalom, downhill and alpine combined. In the winter of 1942 he helped train 200 paratroopers to ski. In October of 1947 he was lured to Aspen Ski Area where he cut trails and was responsible for bringing the FIS World Championships to Aspen in 1950. In addition to skiing, he also made a name for himself as a photographer and movie producer.