July 4, 2010

STOWE — The man who started the first commercial ski touring center in the United States and an Olympic Nordic skier from Putney are among the 2010 inductees into the Vermont Ski Museum Hall of Fame in Stowe, the museum said Saturday.

Johannes von Trapp grew up on the Trapp Family Lodge property in Stowe and was introduced to ski touring by his Norwegian college roommate. To attract more visitors to the lodge in the mid-1960s, he purchased some cross-country skis and brought over a Norwegian ski instructor, Per Sorlie, to direct the pioneering program.

Bob Gray grew up in Putney and began competing internationally in 1962. He was a member of the U.S. Nordic Ski Team from 1962-1974 and competed on the 1968 and 1972 Olympic teams. He won two national titles and was the top-ranked American man in 1973. He opened the West Hill Shop in Putney in the early 1970s and the Green Mountain Touring Center in Randolph in 1977.

Hilary Engisch Klein, originally from Williston and now living in Stowe, was a four-time Women's World Cup moguls champion in the sport's early years in the 1980s. In 1984 she was the national moguls champion, and she co-wrote the book "Skiing Freestyle" in 1986.

Lawrence Damon skied for Burlington High School and the University of Vermont and competed in four Olympics from 1956 to 1968 as a cross-country skier and biathlete. Retiring from skiing in 1970, he returned to Vermont and began teaching at Trapp Family Lodge.

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