Year inducted: 2018
Hart Axley started patrolling originally when he was a racer for the University of Wisconsin, joining NSP in 1948 and leading the Badger Ski Patrol and earning National Appointment Number 1413.
Hart moved to Colorado in 1956, and it is there that he had a huge impact. He patrolled at Arapahoe Basin for 29 years and patrolled for three different patrols that earned NSP National Outstanding Patrol: Denver Metropolitan (1959), Olympic (1960), and Arapahoe Basin (1977). He also helped form many patrols in Colorado, including Breckenridge, Loveland, Sunlight, and Vail.
He held the position of Front Range director from 1961-63 and Rocky Mountain Division director from 1963-69. He then ascended to serve as assistant national chair of the NSP from 1969-76. Hart earned the Charles Schobinger Outstanding Administrator Award in 1973, and was the 12th recipient of the coveted Minnie Dole Award (1988).
A founding member of the Colorado Search and Rescue Board, Axley also served on the Mile High American Red Cross First Aid Committee for 23 years. Axley was also chair of the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame from 1996-99, to which he was inducted 1993.