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Gravink will be inducted into ski, snowboard HOF

November 30, 2011
Westfield Republican
ISHPEMING, Mich. — Eight skiing greats will have their names added to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame’s honor holl in the coming year and one is Clymer native Phil Gravink.

The formal induction ceremony will take place on April 14 in Seattle, with an enshrinement ceremony at the hall of fame in Ishpeming, Mich., the birthplace of organized skiing in America in 1905, later in the year.

Gravink was a key player for 35 years at the national level in ski area management. After graduating from college he started out helping run his family’s farm in Clymer before founding an area known as Peek’n Peak. Such was his success that the state appointed him as general manager of Gore Mountain and he later held the same post at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire from 1977 to 1991 where, under his leadership, he developed Loon into a leading modern resort.

He was also a key player in influencing the policies of the U.S. Forest Service.

Gravink was on several key committees of the National Ski Areas Association serving as a director for 18 years and then as its chairman in 1979-1980. In 1993, the NSAA presented him with its Sherman Adams Award for his contributions.

Other honors have included the NSAA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and the BEWI Award in 2006. He contributed significantly to several skiing safety innovations. For many years he was a Senior Associate with Sno-Engineering and continues to this day as a ski area consultant.

Gravink was inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in 2007 for his rowing accomplishments at Cornell University. In 1957, the Cornell crew was invited to compete in the Henley Regatta in London and won the All-American Challenge Cup.

Gravink was later inducted into the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame and the Rowing Hall of Fame.

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