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Tyler Palmer To Receive N.E. Ski Museum's ‘Spirit Of Skiing’ Award

Tyler PalmerTyler Palmer, 63, a former U.S. Ski Team World Cup and professional skier and longtime coach of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF), will receive the “Spirit of Skiing” award from the New England Ski Museum.

The award will be presented at a dinner Saturday, Nov. 2 during the group’s annual meeting at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel in New Hampshire. Palmer’s family grew up skiing at Cranmore in North Conway, N.H. and throughout the Mount Washington Valley. He credits famed Cranmore’s Herbert Schneider, son of famed skimeister Hannes Schnieder, as having a particular influence on his career.

Palmer retired as coach of the Sun Valley team in 2010, when the effects of battling Addison’s Disease made continuing in that role a struggle. He coached SVSEF for 11 years. He was inducted into the National Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2012.

He skied on the World Cup circuit from 1969-1972, winning a World Cup slalom race at St. Moritz, Switz. In January 1971 – the first-ever World Cup win by an American racer in Europe.

His full U.S. Ski Team career included two World Cup victories, four podium finishes, and nine top 10’s, all but one in the slalom. He was a five-time race winner on Bob Beattie’s World Professional Ski Tour

A trail at Waterville Valley resort is named for him – And Tyler, Too – and is adjacent to a trail named after his racing sibling Terry.

Previous Spirit of Skiing honorees include Schneider, Stein Eriksen, Tom Corcoran, Georg Capaul, Penny Pitou, and Bernie Weichsel.

Photo: Tyler Palmer (U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame)
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