Hall of Famer
Peter W. Webster
Since the early 1960s Peter W. Webster has been serving the advancement of skiing through his ongoing support in management and officiating roles.
Peter Webster’s connection to skiing began as an Alpine competitor, in the late fifties and early sixties, while studying at Lower Canada College and Macdonald College. During this time he was active in managing the Laurentian Ski Zone and was an executive member of the Ptarmigan Ski Club. After the ptarmigan ski club disappeared, he was invited to join the Red Birds Ski Club, of which he is still a proud member.
Peter W. Webster was the first manager and PR officer for the Canadian National Alpine ski team in 1963. In 1968 he went on to become the Manager of the Canadian Alpine FIS Team. Peter was part of the group that secured the first international competitive event in Canada, with
DuMaurier’s sponsorship in the early 1960s. These events were held in both the west and the east and grew to become annual signature events on the World Cup circuit.
With Canada’s National Alpine Ski Team Peter was in charge of travel, accommodation, education, scholarships, equipment, publicity and a myriad of other things for the team. He was also the confidant to many of the team members. The scholarships Peter helped establish for the National Ski Team were the first athletic scholarships in Canada.
With his good friend, Ben Fuller, Peter started the National Ski Team Fund, Canada’s first source of private funding for national competitive skiing. Throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s Peter continued to be instrumental in the development and fundraising for Canadian National Alpine Ski Teams. In 1985 he was a member of the organizing committee for the FIS Congress held in Vancouver, BC.
Peter has generously offered his time by participating in over 14 ski/sport related committees including the BC Sports Hall of Fame, as Governor at the Commonwealth Games Victoria, Canadian Winter Games in Lac-St. Jean, and most recently the successful Whistler/Garibaldi Olympic bid. Over the years, Peter has been an active alumnus of the Canadian National Ski Team, winning the 2002 National Ski Team Alumni of the Year Award. He has remained a keen and active participant in competitive skiing across the country.
Peter W. Webster’s generous service to the skiing community and his contributions in support of the athletes, organizations and the sport, have earned him a place in the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame.
Please Note: The ski information gathered here is compiled from a number of sources; it may not be inclusive of all accomplishments.
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2003 Inductees [L to R]: Bob Gilmour, John Smart, Peter Webster, and Dave Rees at 2003 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. W.P. McElligott / 1069-20.