Ed Champagne at 1995 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. CSHFM Collection.
Ed Champagne was actively involved in alpine skiing for over 40-years. He was with the Canadian National Alpine Ski Team for 21-years, from 1969 – 1987, as the Teams’ Business Manager and Administrative Director, and from 1987 – 1990, as Director of Public Relations and Athlete Relations for Alpine Canada. He is also a former President and Life Member of the Manitoba Ski Division.
As President of the Manitoba Ski Division, he served on a committee convened by Parks Canada to search for and recommend a site within the Riding Mountain National Park suitable for skiing development which came to be known as Mount Agassiz. Similarly, he served on a Manitoba provincial government committee to select a site for skiing in the Whiteshell Provincial Park. The site selected became known as the Falcon Lake Ski Area located near the border with Ontario.
Ed Champagne moved to Ontario and continued to donate a great deal of time to acting as a contact for Canada’s Alpine ski team alumni. He was approachable and had time to listen to the athletes, in-fact they became his ‘family’.