Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
Friedl Pfeifer 1911-1995
Inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame 1980
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Freidl was born in Austria and skied to and from school in his hometown of St. Anton am Arlberg and joined the staff of Hannes Schnieder's famous ski school there at the age of 14. A certified climbing guide at 18 and a member of the Austrian FIS team at 22, he became the first of his countrymen to win the Kandahar, considered in 1936 to represent the world championships.
Freidl left Austria in 1938. At that time he became a US citizen, winner of a national ski championship and the Harriman Cup, and director of the ski school at Sun Valley. While training with the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, during WW II, he was introduced to Aspen. He returned there in 1945 to operate the ski school and helped to develop both Aspen (Ajax) and Buttermilk Mountains. During this period he organized professional racing and originated the popular dual slalom courses.