Hall of Famer

Hermann Gadner

Affiliated Discipline(s): Alpine
Date of Birth / Death: Unknown - 1947
Hometown: St. Jovite, Que.
Active Career Period: 1938 - 1947
Induction CSHF: 1993
Induction Category: Alpine: Builder, Instructor, Coach
Hermann Gadner. John Fripp photo Collection.

As Director of the Snow Eagle Ski School at Gray Rocks Inn, St Jovite, Quebec from 1938 until 1945, Hermann Gadner was one of the great early ski instructors who profoundly influenced the development of a cohesive Canadian ski instruction technique.

In addition to his skill as an instructor, he was also one of the greatest racing coaches of his day. He was both founder and chief coach of the
famous Gray Rocks Slalom School responsible for the development and success of such well known competitors as Lucile Wheeler and the Wurtele sisters, Rhoda and Rhona.

From 1940 to 1944, he was Chief Examiner for the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance (CSIA) and instrumental in the development of the “Rolling Arlberg” technique. He also coached the McGill University Ski Team to its great victory at Dartmouth in 1946 in the North American Inter-Collegiate Championships.

He was killed in an avalanche on Brewster Mountain, Banff, Alberta in 1947.


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Hermann Gadner
Hermann Gadner. CSHFM Collection.
Hermann Gadner
Hermann Gadner. CSHFM Collection.
Hermann Gadner
Hermann Gadner. CSHFM Collection.

Snow Eagles 1953

Gray Rocks Inn, St. Jovite, La Province de Quebec, "The winter sport resort" presents Snow Eagles. Featuring Real Charette and his instructors. 1953.