Dow, Otten, 5 others ski into Hall of Fame

Posted May 13, 2009, at 12:39 a.m.

FARMINGTON, Maine — Byron “Bud” Dow of Pittsfield, who was instrumental in the development of the Pinnacle Ski Slope in Pittsfield, and former Sunday River owner Les Otten are among 2009 inductees into the Maine Ski Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony will be held at the Lost Valley Ski Area in Auburn on Oct. 23.

Dow also operated a ski shop, raced, became a certified instructor and participated in the founding of the Maine Professional Ski Instructors, the Pinnacle Ski Club, the Maine Ski Association and the Maine Ski Council. He is remembered most for his leadership in developing the Pinnacle Ski Slope, where countless families learned the sport.

Otten, a New York Native, first came to Maine in 1972 and purchased Sunday River in 1980. That year the area drew 32,000 skier visits, but by the mid-1990s that number was 600,000 as Sunday River had grown into one of the top five ski resorts in New England.

Joning Dow and Otten in the hall this year will be Sara Billmeier of Yarmouth, who made the U.S. Disabled Ski Team at age 14 and went on to win six world championships and 13 Olympic medals; Ted Curtis, a 1923 University of Maine graduate who went on to coach high school teams to six state titles before coaching at UMaine for 30 years; Herb Adams, a former ski star at Gould Academy and the University of New Hampshire who went on to coach, first at Lake Placid, N.Y., and subsequently in his home town of Rumford, where his teams won many state and New England titles; John Litchfield of Lisbon, a member of the first U.S. Alpine Ski Team at the Pan American Winter games in 1937 who subsequently chosen for the 1940 Winter Olympics that were cancelled due to World War II; and John Roderick, who skied out of the Chisolm Ski club for 68 years and assisted fellow club member Chummy Broomhall in the cross country competition at the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley, Calif.

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