Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
William R. Judd 1917-
Bill was born in Denver in 1917, and was educated at the University of Colorado. In addition to becoming an engineering geologist, consultant and educator, Bill forged a career in ski association and ski patrol organization.
In 1938, Bill organized the first ski patrol at Hidden Valley, and was head of the patrol for several years. He went on to direct patrols at Berthoud, Loveland and Arapahoe Basin. In 1945, Bill organized the Seven Sentinels rescue team which was named for the seven groups involved: The Red Cross, County Sheriffs, US Air Force Air Rescue, Ski Patrols, Civil Air Patrol, US Forest Service, and the National Park Service.
Bill was Rocky Mountain Divisional Chairman for the Ski Patrol System, wrote the ski patrol column for Rocky Mountain Skiing and was the National Ski Patrol System (NSPS) Outstanding Patrolman for 1951-52.
1957 saw Bill as the National Director for the NSPS. Subsequent years saw Bill’s involvement expand: as supervisor of the ski patrol for the FIS World Championships at Aspen (1950); organizer of the patrol for the Olympic Tryouts (1959) and the Winter Games (1960); Finance Chairman for the Southern Rocky Mountain Ski Association (SRMSA) (1940-1950); founder of the Eagle Ski club for Denver government employees (1949); President of SRMSA (1955-1957); and recipient of the Halstead Trophy (1954). Bill is presently on the faculty of the Purdue University School of Engineering in Indiana.