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2015 King Winter Henry Bendinelli

Some people ski to race, others for exercise.  But what motivated Henry Bendinelli was the pleasure of giving others the gift of skiing.  To him, skiing was like flying (something he did as an aerial navigator in WWII and Korea). He said when he taught someone to ski, it was like giving them angel wings.

 

Henry's goal in life was to get as many people to ski as he could, which was been a major love of his life. Below are some stats to showed Henry's love of skiing:

  • 77 years:  the number of years he had been skiing
  • 74 years:  the number of years he had been teaching others to ski.
  • Circumference of Earth: conservative estimate of the distance Henry had skied. By other estimates, he had skied it twice.
  • 1,500: number of people he had taught to ski.
  • 43 years: time span that he had run the Mt. Hood SkiKats Club.
  • 1969-1975: the most joyous of his ski years he spent with his kids - Carol, Annie, Mark and Louise - at Timerline.

To extend his legacy, Henry founded the Snow Sportsmanship Program. It rewards high school students in the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association (www.osira.org) for observed civility and congeniality on the slopes. Statewide, nearly 800 teens participated in 2015.

 

According to Henry, "Skiing is not a sport; it is a way of life."

 

We miss Henry everyday, but know he is Shredding in Peace!

2014 King Winter John Wilberding

2013 King Winter

2012 King Winter

 

 

Dale and Sheri Parshall were crowned at Charlie's Mountain View in Government Camp on February 11th, 2012.  Both Dale and Sheri have spent hundreds of hours each year volunteering for different ski organizations.  

 

Dale has been the treasurer for Schnee Vogeli Ski Club off and on for years,  he is on the PACRAT board were is in charge of timing,  he has helped with timing at the Skiyente Maryann Cup Race and the Mt. Hood Master's Mania masters race.   

 

Sheri has held several board positions for Skiyente Ski Club, NWSCC and FWSA for the past 20 years.  She was awarded the FWSA Elizabeth "Schatzi" Wood Award in 2010 for her outstanding service. 

2011 King Winter

Lloyd Musser is no stranger to Government Camp and Mt. Hood. He has been involved on Mt. Hood for over 47 years. He was a full time resident during the 1970’s, while Chairman of the Government Camp Sanitary District. During the 70’s under his leadership the first modern sewage treatment plant was built in Government Camp. He is a retired US Forest Service Snow Ranger. As a ranger he inspected lifts at Timberline and Ski Bowl and made sure ski areas were safe. He also worked closely with the Ski Patrol dispatching patrollers to the different resorts. He helped with numerous search and rescue missions and fought forest fires. Currently he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum. He is the Curator for the museum plus organizes “Ski the Glade”, Heritage Days and the Steiner Cabin Events. Lloyd supports ski club involvement with the museum and helps preserve their history. He volunteers 40 hours a week working on museum projects, preserving history on Mt. Hood and trying to help provide a venue for organizations to meet.

2010 King Winter

King Shelley Sperr-Hakanson was coroneted on February 6th, 2010 at Charlie's Mtn. View in Government Camp.  Shelley sums up her many accomplishments and memories best in her letter below.

 

To the Women of Skiyente Ski Club                                 February 10, 2010

 

I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for the incredible weekend of the King Winter celebration. Where can I begin to capture all the fun, appreciation and great memories you all have created for me?

 

King Winter is a title that brings to mind the many people who have had a hand in providing an enhanced ski experience for those intrepid skiers on Mt. Hood, be they racers, ski patrollers, instructors, area operators, event coordinators, shop owners or those who help create experiences so more people can participate. It is certainly an incredible honor for me to have been included in that group. It is not often that one can say thank you for creating one of the most memorable events of my life!

 

It is particularly great that my Dad, Charlie, was able to coach me in what was about to take place. That particular piece is so important to me. My entire family came up to celebrate with me- that was so special.

 

My particular thanks go to all those who worked so hard at planning the event. The dinner at the Museum was so great. The dance at Charlie’s was quite excellent- my feet were sore from dancing ‘til 1 am! The crown and scepter are works of art! How meticulous and creative can one be!

 

I’d like to thank all those who put my name in for the nomination and supported that choice, especially Betsy and Jeannie.  I had not ever thought of being nominated.

 

Thanks so much to all of you. After all the days of skiing and teaching in the rain, sitting in blizzards on the chair, getting people excited about those blue sky and powder days, I know we are all part of an amazing sport.

 

May everyone be able to have at least three epic ski days per year- those times that we can ‘enhance’ in our descriptions as the years go by- how deep the snow was, how blue the sky, how cheap the tickets (?), and how much fun it was skiing with friends.

 

Very Sincerely,     

Shelley Sperr-Hakanson

1956

 

Marion Whiting

 

 

 

1957

 

Bernard Becker

1986

 

Dick Pooley

1958

 

Jack Vidoni

1987

 

Bud England

1959

 

Vince Gignac

1988

 

Larry Scroggins

1960

 

Keith Petrie

1989

 

Cameron Bangs

1961

 

Kenny Vandyke

1990

 

Maryanne Hill

1962

 

Bill Keil

1991

 

Will Herrington

1963

 

Dave Wiley

1992

 

Hank Lewis

1964

 

Everett Darr

1993

 

Pat Greenslade

1965

 

John Genoud

1994

 

Ross Petrie

1966

 

Kenny Low

1995

 

Dave Butt

1967

 

Bill Spencer

1996

 

Gene Hatfeild

1968

 

Joe Englesby

1997

 

Steve Bratt

1969

 

Lee Perry

1998

 

Betty Dodd

1970

 

Stu Mockford

1999

 

King McGuire

1971

 

Richard Konstamm

2000

 

Yoshi Kabdebo

1972

 

Duane Bridge

2001

 

Diane Hicks

1973

 

Jack Weigand

2002

 

Jeannie Hummel

1974

 

Ole Langrud

2003

 

Bud & Betsy Valian

1975

 

Matt Greenslade

2004

 

John Hoefling

1976

 

Ragnar Gustafson

2005

 

Darlene Scroggins

1977

 

Willie Antis

2006

 

Buzz Bowman

1978

 

Lew Russell

2007

 

Jerry Schmidt

1979

 

Gene Brown

2008

 

Steve Coxen

1980

 

Carl Reynolds

2009

 

Jack Nantz

1981

 

Lynn Pearson

2010

 

Shelley Hakanson-Sperr

1982

 

Dick Curran

2011

 

Llyod Musser

1983

 

Red Nelson

2012

 

Dale & Sheri Parshall

1984

 

Charlie Sperr

2013

 

Fred Noble

1985   Gene Beckman 2014   John Wilberding
      2015   Henry Bendinelli

 

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