Bruce Tremper to be inducted into the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. — Bruce Tremper, former Utah Avalanche Center (UAC) Director for 29 years, will be inducted into the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame by the Alf Engen Ski Museum Foundation in August at the Olympic Winter Sports Center in Park City for creative contributions to the avalanche world. It’s a prestigious and honorable recognition for one of the world’s most reputable snow forecasters.

It’s impossible to fully quantify Bruce’s impact on the entire snow sports industry. For one, he literally “wrote the book” on avalanche safety. He pioneered many, now standard, ways to teach people about avalanches and how to create avalanche forecasts. He has been a friend, mentor, and inspiration to countless people who have safely enjoyed thousands of days of backcountry skiing thanks to his tireless work.

Bruce grew up skiing in the mountains of western Montana, where his father taught him the basics of avalanches at the age of ten. He was a member of the Junior National Ski Team and the US Ski Team Talent Squad; in 1973, he was NCAA Division Downhill Champion. Bruce’s professional avalanche experience began in 1977 when he did avalanche control for Bridger Bowl Ski Area. He later was director of avalanche control at Big Sky Ski Area, an avalanche forecaster for the Alaska Avalanche Center, and director of the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center where he worked for almost thirty years.

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