The U.S. Disabled Snow Sports Hall of Fame Award recognizes outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to adaptive snow sports (Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Nordic and Biathlon) in two categories: Recreational / Development and Competition. The hall was created to honor individuals who have had an influential role in the field of disability sports as well as athletes who have excelled in adaptive sports.

The award in the Recreational / Development category recognizes an individual who has a minimum of five years of experience in adaptive snow sports and has made a significant contribution to the field, including innovative techniques, specialized equipment, program development, education or public relations. The award in the Competition category recognizes an individual (participant or coach), who has been active in international competition for a minimum of three years. Race results, team participation, innovative coaching techniques, and event promotions are considered for this category. Competitors and coaches must be retired from active competition or coaching for a minimum of three years prior to nomination.


Complete the US Disabled Snow Sports Hall of Fame Award Form and submit your nomination. The 2018 nomination deadline is Friday, August 31st.

A selection committee will review all nominees and present their decision to the DSUSA Board of Directors for ratification. The award recipient and nominator will be notified prior to the award presentation at The Hartford Ski Spectacular. The grant of $1,000 will be awarded to the chapter affiliated with the person who nominated the award winner. For questions, please contact Recipients of the U.S. Disabled Snow Sports Hall of Fame Award will receive:

  • An invitation to attend The Hartford Ski Spectacular for December in Breckenridge, CO
  • Round-trip airfare to Denver International Airport
  • Ground transportation from and to Denver International Airport
  • Two nights lodging at Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center
  • Lift tickets at Beaver Run Resort
  • Two tickets to the banquet where the award will be presented

Members of the U.S. Disabled Snow Sports Hall of Fame (formerly the Disabled Ski Hall of Fame)

Gwen Allard
For 30 years, Gwen Allard has been a passionate leader in the adaptive skiing industry.

Dollie Armstrong
Dollie Armstrong is a woman of strength and enthusiasm, which carries over to her love for disabled sports.

Kirsten Atkins
Nearly three decades of work in the adaptive ski movement, Kirsten was a founding instructor at the Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte and was chairperson for the PSIA Rocky Mountain Adaptive Committee.

Peter Axelson
Peter Axelson: Racer – Engineer – Designer – Coach – Standards Developer – Instructor

Jack Benedick
Jack Benedick wanted others to know what sports can mean for people with disabilities.

Dr. Sarah Billmeier
Dr. Sarah Billmeier brought beauty, grace and skill to the world of skiing at a young age.

Shannon Bloedel
Throughout her entire life, Shannon Bloedel has been a pioneer. She won an Olympic silver medal in the 1992 Paralympics.

Bill Bowness
A member of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team from 1992 to 1997, Bowness went on to win Paralympic medals in the downhill, super G and slalom and then became an instructor and a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America National Demonstration Team.

Candace Cable
Cable won three Alpine Paralympic medals as a member of the United States Disabled Ski Team.

Kathy Chandler
Kathy Chandler became one of the first PSIA adaptive and alpine certified examiners in the east.

Dr. Frank Chang
Dr. Frank Chang joined The Children’s Hospital Department of Orthopedics in 1981.

Steve Cook
Cook won seven Paralympic medals, including double gold in 2006 with victories in both the 5 km freestyle and 10 km classic and a U.S.-record four silver medals at the 2002 Paralympics

Muffy Davis
Muffy Davis is a World Champion and Paralympic medalist

Norbert Fischer
During his long career, Norbert Fischer has been involved in almost every aspect of skiing.

Beth Fox
Early in life, Beth Fox recognized her desire to dedicate herself to the service of others.

Gene Gamber
Gene has been a long time volunteer and instructor, and has managed an adaptive ski program that trained hundreds of instructors.

Diana Golden
Diana Golden was a dominant force in her sport, thrilling fans with breathtaking 65-mph downhill runs.

Dr. Bob Harney
Dr. Bob Harney believed that sport as a medicine could help heal the body, mind and spirit.

Katherine Hayes-Rodriguez
Hayes-Rodriguez ran the adaptive ski school for 23 years at Alpine Meadows and has taught adaptive skiing for more than 30 years.

John Humbrecht
John Humbrecht serves as the Snowsports Director at Ignite Adaptive Sports and is a leader in product and technical development, inventing a temperature sensor app and other devices.

Rod Hernley
Rod Hernley won more than 20 gold and silver medals in national competition from 1976-1986.

David Jamison
David Jamison has over 100 alpine victories, 10 combined national titles and 3 world championship medals.

Doug Keil
Doug Keil won two Gold Medals in Norway with the U.S. Disabled Alpine Ski Team and for 25 years was committed to disabled sports in Alaska

Jon “JK” Kreamelmeyer
For more than 40 years, JK has supported Nordic skiers from the high school level to Paralympic athletes as a guide, coach and mentor. In 1994, he guided Michele Drolet to a Paralympic Bronze medal and during his tenure as Head Coach of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team, the U.S. team brought home more than 11 Paralympic medals and more than 20 World Cup podiums.

Geoff Krill
Geoff Krill is the Executive Director and Chief Motivational Officer of Eastern Adaptive Sports (EAS). In addition, he serves as the Training Director for Loon Mountain’s Snowsports School. Geoff is a third term member of the PSIA/AASI National Team and continues to serve on the Steering Committee of the Adaptive Board of Examiners for PSIA-Eastern.

Jason Lalla
Jason Lalla was named USOC Athlete of the Month in 2001- one of two disabled athletes ever to be named by the USOC.

Paul Leimkuehler
Paul Leimkuehler was one of the first to implement the use of “outriggers” in the United States, purposely not patenting the device so that others amputees could copy it

Ed Lukes
Ed Lukes was instrumental in developing adaptive equipment for people with disabilities.

Greg Mannino
Greg Mannino was one of the few disabled alpine racers that pursued the able body FIS Racing circuit.

Jim Martinson
Jim Martinson has competed in many events including the Boston Marathon and Paralympic Games.

Monte Meier
Monte Meier earned four Paralympic medals, five World Championship medals and 11 National Titles during his 16 years on the U.S. Adaptive Alpine Team.

Bob Meserve
Bob Meserve’s enthusiasm for skiing began at the age of 4 skiing with family and friends.

Dr. Duane Messner
Dr. Duane Messner felt that recreation through skiing would help in rehabilitation of children with amputations.

Hal O’Leary
Hal O’Leary’s method of using Christy turns created a new system of skiing for people with disabilities.

Bobby Palm
Bobby Palm has more then three decades teaching adaptive skiing, Nordic and snowboarding and has been a key developer of adaptive snowboarding.

Doug Pringle
A highly decorated veteran, Doug Pringle learned to three-track ski in the 1960s after losing a leg in Vietnam.

Danny Pufpaff
Danny Pufpaff, a former ski instructor, discovered the world of adaptive skiing during rehab.

Mary Riddell
Mary Riddell began skiing at the age of three at Durango/Purgatory Adaptive Sports. She qualified for the US Adaptive Ski Team when she was 14 years old and for the next nine years she was a dominate figure in national and international competition. Riddell won six Paralympic medals including two Gold. She also won six World Championship medals, two of them Gold. In addition, she won three World Cup Overall Globes, 11 individual event World Cup Globes, and multiple National titles. During the 2000/2001 season, Riddell was on the podium at every World Cup race.

Brian Santos
Brian Santos won six Gold Paralympic medals, then after 13 years on the USA team retired and became an adaptive ski coach.

Willie Stewart
Willie Stewart is a three-time Paralympian , winning a silver medal at the 2002 Games. He is the first and only disabled athlete to achieve Leadman recognition and the first above elbow amputee to kayak the Colorado River, among other accomplishments.

Fred Tassone
For 15 years, Fred Tassone made tremendous contributions to the disabled skiing industry.

Sandy Trombetta
A leader in the field of Recreation Therapy, Sandy Trombetta has received numerous awards.

Chris Waddell
Chris Waddell won more Paralympic medals than any male skier, earning medals in the 1992, 1994, 1998, and 2002 Winter Paralympics.

Ray Watkins
USSA 2010 International Adaptive Coach of the Year; guide for blind Paralympic champ Brian Santos and winner of six golds in the ’92 and ’94 Paralympics.

Meeche White
Meeche White is the former CEO and co-founder of the National Ability Center, working there for more than two decades.

Elizabell Williams
Elizabell “Willie” Williams enhanced the lives of the disabled throughout her life through her love of the outdoors.

Sarah Will
Winner of 12 Gold Paralympic medals, including a sweep of every event at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

Jim Winthers
Jim Winthers shared techniques and experience to help others learn to ski and appreciate a lifetime sport.

2018 Willie Stewart John Humbrecht
2017 Mary Riddell Geoff Krill
2016 Jon “JK” Kreamelmeyer Kirsten Atkins
2015 Brian Santos/Ray Watkins Bill Bowness
2014 Candace Cable Katherine Hayes-Rodriguez
2013 Jason Lalla Gene Gamber
2012 Muffy Davis Kathy Chandler
2011 Monte Meiers Dr. Bob Harney
2010 Sarah Will Meeche White
2009 Steve Cook Bob Meserve
2008 Sarah Billmeier Bobby Palm
2007 Greg Mannino Peter Axelson
2006 Chris Waddell Sandy Trombetta
2003 Jim Martinson Beth Fox, Doug Keil
2001 Fred Tassone Gwen Allard, Duane Messner, Frank Chang
2000 Danny Pufpaff Norbert Fischer
1999 Shannon Bloedel Dollie Armstrong
1998 David Jamison Rod Hernley
1997 Doug Pringle Hal O’Leary
1996 Jack Benedick Jim Winthers, Paul Leimkuehler
1995 Diana Golden Willie Williams