Hall of Famer
André Bertrand was one of the strongest skiers to emerge from the Quebec City region in the 1948 to 1956 era. He had many competitive successes culminating in his selection to the Canadian Olympic team in 1952 for the Olympic Winter Games held in Oslo, Norway, and in 1956 at the Olympic Winter Games held in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
He skied for Laval University, Quebec, and maintained close ties with his alma mater acting as coach to the men’s ski team for an unprecedented 20 years from 1950 to 1970. The Laval University team won the Canadian Intercollegiate Championship in 1967 at Banff, Alberta.
André was also involved in the development of the Mont Sainte Anne ski area near Quebec City and acted on many occasions in a senior capacity at a number of World Cup alpine and other international alpine events at this resort including, in 1966 as chef de cours at the 1st Du Maurier International and in 1967 as chef de cours at the 1st Canada Winter Games.
- 1948 – 1st place, Canadian Junior Combined , Banff, Alberta.
- 1950 – 1st place, Canadian Junior Downhill Championships, Banff, Alberta. 1st place, Canadian Senior Downhill Championship, Banff, Alberta.
- 1952 – 1st place, downhill event champion and winner of the Sir Arnold Lunn Trophy at the Parsenn Derby course, Davos, Switzerland.
- 1954 – 1st place, Canadian Senior Downhill Championships, Mont Ste-Anne, Quebec. 1st place, Canadian Senior Alpine Combined Championships, Mont Tremblant, Quebec. EISA (Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association) Champion, Burke Mountain, Vermont, U.S.A.
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André Bertrand Mont St.Castin, Quebec – 1952. CSHFM Collection.
Inductee André Bertrand (left) with Peter Duncan (center) and Bill Tindale (right) at 1989 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. CSHFM Collection.