John Elvrum (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1968
Born: September 26, 1908 Trondheim, Norway
Died: July 4, 2006 Redlands, California
John Elvrum came to America from Norway in 1930 and almost immediately gained national recognition as an outstanding ski jumper with a daring style that excited the crowd.
In 1931 he won the first ski jumping championship of the Pacific Northwest Ski Association. He then won international fame by establishing an American distance record of 240 feet at Big Pines, California in 1934.
He established organized ski programs for children of the Lake Arrowhead School District, one of the first attempts to make skiing a part of the public school physical education program in Southern California. Then in 1941 he purchased the Fish Camp ski area and renamed it Snow Valley which he ran for 30 years.
He served with the famed 10th Mountain Division during WWII and fought in the Italian campaign.