Kit DesLauriers

Ski mountaineer Kit DesLauriers will be inducted next year into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.

A local is among the newest inductees in the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.

Jackson Hole resident Kit DesLauriers will be inducted into the hall of fame alongside seven other skiing athletes and snow sport builders in Sun Valley, Idaho in March.

“Each member of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 has made a profound impact as an athlete or sport builder within their realm,” hall of fame executive director Justin Koski said in a news release. “We are excited to welcome them into our family of snowsport legends and present them with our sports highest honor.”

DesLauriers is a freestyle skiing champion, but she is perhaps best known for becoming the first person to climb and ski down the summits of the highest peaks of all seven continents, completing the venture in 2006.

In 2013, she added to her lore by becoming the first female to ski mountaineer the Grand Teton solo.

“Looking up at the Grand, at that beautiful Ford Couloir … it compels me,” she told Powder.com in 2013. “I want to know what it feels like to be up in it, turned around facing out and skiing.”

Joining her in the 2019 class will be freestyle skiing legend Scott Brooksbank; Nordic Olympic medalist Johnny Spilane; co-founders of the National Brotherhood of Skiers Arthur Clay and Benjamin Finley; inventor of the Snurfer Sherman Poppen; ski filmmaker Greg Stump and resort map artist Jim Niehues.

The Hall of Fame induction will take place at the Sun Valley Resort on March 28, 2020. Details and tickets for the event will be available at SkiHall.com on Sept. 1.

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