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Dorworth, Beekley among eight in USSA Hall of Fame

April 20, 2012

Mammoth made a strong presence last weekend in Seattle, where eight people were inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.

Included in the group was Dick Dorworth, who roamed and skied the Eastern Sierra before heading for Aspen and Sun Valley. 

He is an accomplished athlete—he still holds the record for speed skiing at 170 kilometers an hour in Portillo, Chile—as well as raconteur and journalist.

Also in the group was the late Mason Beekley, a New Englander who created an extraordinary skiing library and one of the world’s most extensive collections of ski art.

The collection was housed in Mammoth on campus of the Mammoth Lakes Foundation. It was a go-to spot for visitors and locals alike. Beekley formed the International Skiing History Association in 1991, which today has more than 2,000 members worldwide and publishes Skiing Heritage magazine. He died in 2001.

Also on the Hall of Fame podium, so to speak, were Nick Badami, Joe Pack, Eva Twardokens, Tyler Palmer, Phil Gravink, and Harry Leonard.

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