For the first time since 2011, Sun Valley Resort will host the induction ceremony of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, from March 25-29.

Headquartered at the Sun Valley Inn, the five-day Snowsport History Celebration event is expected to sell out and attract more than 500 people. The highlight is the induction dinner in the Limelight Room on March 28.

This year’s eight inductees were announced Aug. 21 at the Hall of Fame Museum in Ishpeming, Mich. Seven will be enshrined next September at Ishpeming, where the National Ski Association of America (now U.S. Ski and Snowboard) originated in 1905.

March’s inductees are freestyle skiing legend Scotty Brooksbank, ski champion and mountaineer Kit DesLauriers, Nordic Combined Olympic medalist Johnny Spillane and National Brotherhood of Skiers co-founders Arthur Clay and Benjamin Finley.

Others are snowboarding pioneer Sherman Poppen, ski film visionary Greg Stump and Jim Niehues, a passionate artist who has created hundreds of hand-painted resort maps.

Alpine skiing star Spider Sabich was also selected during this year’s election, which featured a national voting panel of more than 350 people. Sabich’s honoring and induction has been postponed to a future Hall of Fame induction event.

 “This is an amazing class of inductees covering a wide scope of snow sports,” said David Ingemie, chairman of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. “I’m sure the acceptance speeches at the induction in Sun Valley will be inspirational and heartwarming.”

Justin Koski, Hall of Fame executive director, added, “Each member of the Hall of Fame’s class of 2019 has made a profound impact as an athlete or sport builder within their realm. We are excited to welcome them into our family of snowsport legends.”

Since the last time the induction week took place at Sun Valley, the Snowsport History Celebration has taken place at Park City, Utah, twice and at Aspen, Vail and Steamboat Springs, Colo., Squaw Valley, Calif., Stowe, Vt., and Seattle, Wash.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame has been honoring athletes and sport builders annually since 1956. Since 2009, the induction ceremony has been held at major resorts nationwide.

Lift tickets priced at $65 will be available to all Snowsport History and Hall of Fame induction ticket holders during the Sun Valley event in March. Visit SkiHall.com.

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