Roland Palmedo

Year inducted: 2018

Roland Palmedo was the driving force behind the formation of an organized "skier assistance organization" in the U.S. In 1934, he urged the Mt. Mansfield Ski Club to establish a ski patrol modeled after the Swiss Parsenn patrol.

Upon the tragic death of "Minnie" Dole's best friend, Frank Edson, Palmedo asked Dole to head a "Safety Committee" to study the causes and prevention of ski accidents, which eventually lead to the birth of the NSP.

Palmedo also served as chair of the American Ski Club (1936) and was a prime backer and organizer of the 1936 Women's Olympic Ski Squad. He financed the first chairlift in the East at Stowe, Vermont, and developed Mad River Glen ski resort in Vermont. In 1968, he was inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.