Ellen Post Foster to Be Inducted into Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame

Ellen Post Foster, a freestyle skiing innovator, author, and former member of the PSIA Demonstration Team, will be inducted into the the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame as a “Sport Builder,” Sunday, August 22 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.

In announcing the induction, the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame noted, “In 1973, Ellen won the Junior National Championship of Exhibition Skiing. Two years later, she scored top podium in each discipline: aerials, ballet, moguls and combined. Ellen earned her Professional Ski Instructors of America certification in 1980 and was selected for the National Demonstration Team. In 1984, she worked with Walt Evans to create USSA’s Youth Ski League, followed by 13 years as editor of the Alpine Star newsletter.”

In 1992, Ellen founded the Turning Point Ski Foundation along with Alan Schoenberger. She also authored the Alpine Skills Achievement Manual and Skiing and the Art of Carving, a 3-book series for coaching young skiers. Ellen is also the co-author of the PSIA Alpine Technical Manual and Teaching Snowsports.

An honored member of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame, in 2015 she received the PSIA-AASI Educational Excellence Award.

Ellen said she is especially proud to represent snowsports instructors as a member of the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame.

“This honor makes me proud because it recognizes the importance and role of snowsports education in our industry,” said Ellen. “Ski instruction has been at the heart of my career, starting when I was 12 years old and a member of the Jiminy Peak Junior Demonstration Team. This provided both a disciplined and creative foundation that also led me to freestyle and racing, but ultimately back to ski instruction.”

She added, “PSIA-AASI has provided an environment for me to share my knowledge and experiences through leading clinics, writing about what I’ve learned, and working together with other instructors to elevate snowsports.”