Hall of Famer

Verne R. Anderson

Affiliated Discipline(s): Alpine
Date of Birth / Death: 1937 - 1984
Hometown: Rossland, BC
Active Career Period: 1958 - 1968
Induction CSHF: 1990
Induction Category: Coach, Downhill, Slalom, Giant Slalom
Verne R. Anderson. CSHFM Collection.

Verne Anderson of British Columbia was one of Canada’s strongest male competitors of the early 1960s. In 1959 he was a member of the first organized Canadian Alpine team and was a Western Canadian Downhill Champion 1958, 1959 and 1960. He competed for Canada at the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympic Winter Games.

Canadian Downhill Champion.

Member of Canada’s first National Team.

Western Canadian Downhill Champion.

Represented Canada at the Squaw Valley, U.S.A. Winter Olympic Games: top Canadian
Represented Canada at the Squaw Valley Winter Olympic Games; top Canadian competitor in slalom, giant slalom and downhill events, placing 8th in the Alpine Combined.

Second place in the U.S. National Championships Combined; 2nd in Slalom, 5th in Downhill.

First place Western Canadian Championships; 2nd Canadian Championships, 3rd in Quebec Kandahar.

Represented Canada on the F.I.S. World Championships team; top Canadian competitor in all Alpine events; 7th place in Alpine Combined. Retired from active competition to coach, as the first Canadian coach, of the Canadian National Alpine team.

Second recipient of the John Semmelink Memorial Award (the highest honour awarded annually by the Canadian Ski and Snowboard Association in recognition of an athlete who through sportsmanship, conduct and ability bests represents Canada in international competition. The award is in honour of John Semmelink who lost his life skiing for Canada in the ArlbergKandahar race on February 7th, 1959 at Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany.)

Head coach, Canadian Olympic team.

Director of the program to develop the Canadian ski coaches certification program through the Canadian Ski Association financed through the federal government’s Fitness and Amateur Sport.

Coached the women’s World Championship team, Portillo, Chile.

Coached the women’s national team at the 1968 Winter Olympic Games, Genoble, France (coached Olympic medalist Nancy Greene).


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Verne Anderson – 1968. Source: Alpine Canada Alpin

Verne Anderson. Canadian Ski Museum

Beverley and Sherri Anderson accepting the induction award for their late father Verne Anderson, from Canadian Ski Museum Chair Erle Bergh, with Master of Ceremonies, Peter Duncan during 1990 Canadian Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Source: Canadian Ski Museum

National Alpine Ski Team 1965-66
National Alpine Ski Team 1965-66 [top row]: Dan Irwin, Karen Dokka, Nancy Mason, Nancy Greene, Ann Rowley, Stephanie Townsend, Gerry Rinaldi [2nd row]: Pierre Lebrun, Garrie Matheson, Barbie Walker, Heather Quipp, Andrée Crépeau, Currie Chapman, Jacques Roux [3rd row]: Michel Lehman, Peter Webster (Manager), Dave Jacobs (head coach), Verne Anderson (coach), Rod Hebron [3rd row]: Linda Bocock, Wayne Henderson, Peter Duncan, Bob Swan, Kelly Flock, Scott Henderson, Bob Calladine, Keith Shepherd, André Pomerleau. Source: Alpine Canada Alpin

Verne Anderson. Source: Alpine Canada Alpin

National Women’s Alpine Ski Team [L to R]: Verne Anderson, Pat Ramage, Karen Dokka, Betsy Clifford, Judy Crawford, Judi Leinweber, Nancy Greene c. 1968. Source: Fotostudio Hoss Oberstaufen.