ISHPEMING - Skiers are returning to their roots in Ishpeming this week with the annual U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Weekend and placement of the newest class of honored members.
Members each year are nominated based on their contributions to the sport and culture of skiing, not just as athletes but also as filmmakers, business people, developers and ambassadors for the sport.
The class of 2011, which is being placed this weekend, includes eight members, representing skiers, writers, industry leaders and historians.
The newest class of members includes 2002 Olympic silver medalist Joe Pack, 1985 World Championship bronze medalist Eva Twardokens, ski area pioneers Phil Gravink and the late Nick Badami, ski historian Mason Beeley, speed skier and author Dick Dorworth, ski show pioneer Harry Leonard and World Cup and pro ski racer Tyler Palmer.
The ski hall weekend is a chance for Marquette County to meet and learn more about each of the newest honored members of the hall.
The festivities begin Wednesday and Thursday at the ski hall in Ishpeming with presentations of films that received a Jerry Award in Seattle during Skiing Heritage Week 2012. The film presentations begin at 7 p.m. both days.
Friday, the general public is invited to meet the class of honored members during a presentation at the W.C. Peterson Auditorium in Ishpeming.
The presentation begins at 7 p.m. and is followed by an afterglow at 8:30 p.m. at the ski hall and a final enshrinement and placement ceremony at 9 p.m.
The weekend wraps up with on Saturday, beginning with the annual Kiwanis Welcome Breakfast at 9 a.m. at St. Johns Kron Dingfelder Hall in Ishpeming. Tickets are $5.
Saturday also includes the Coy Hill Reunion Golf Outing at the Wawonowin Golf Club, which begins at noon and concludes at 5 p.m. with awards and a reception. Also at Wawonowin, the Tellefsen Dinner Reception at 6 p.m. concludes the weekend, complete with a banquet, auction and evening program. Banquet tickets are $35 or $300 for a table of 10 people.
Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401.