Louis McNabb

Year inducted: 2018

Louis McNabb was an enthusiastic skier. In 1933, he made the first ascent of the Jefferson Park Glacier. He worked throughout his life to make skiing a less hazardous sport. McNabb, along with a few others, persuaded the U.S. Forest Service to do something about the injured skiers near the Timberline area of Mount Hood. A year later, a ski patroller was hired to cover the weekends on Mount Hood, and that became the start of the first ski patrol there (1937).

"Barney" was appointed the first president of the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol and later became the chair of the NSPS Pacific Northwest Division.

During World War II, McNabb screened and approved applicants for the Mountain Infantry Group in Oregon. He also participated in their training. He was inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum in 1970..