Charles Minot "Minnie" Dole

Year inducted: 2012
Co-founder of the National Ski Patrol

Minnie Dole, a 1923 Yale graduate, was an avid skier who realized the need for a first aid and rescue organization at ski races and downhill skiing venues. He is credited with being the founder of the National Ski Patrol in 1938 and served as national director until 1950. His leadership laid the foundation for greater safety and enjoyment in skiing. Because of his vision, NSP members are world-renowned for the emergency care and rescue they provide the mountain recreation industry.

During World War II, he convinced the War Department of the need for mountaineering trained troops. As a result of his persistent efforts, the 10th Mountain Division was formed.

A member of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, to which he was inducted in 1958, it was only fitting that Minnie Dole be the first member of the National Ski Patrol Hall of Fame when it was formed in 2012.