Clendenin joins Ski Hall of Fame |

Clendenin joins Ski Hall of Fame

Staff report
John Clendenin at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony in Ishpeming, Michigan. (Tom Kelly)
Tom Kelly |

Aspen resident John Clendenin was enshrined in the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame on Friday for his efforts as a pioneer in freestyle skiing.

Clendenin won the World Freestyle Skiing Championships in 1973 and 1974. He founded the International Freestyle Skiers Association in 1973.

His connection to skiing extended beyond freestyle competition. He starred in more than 20 promotional ski films, including Dick Barrymore’s “The K2 Performers.”

Clendenin also is credited with drawing thousands of people into skiing and improving the skiing of countless others with his Clendenin Ski Method style of teaching and his book, “Four Words for Great Skiing.”

Clendenin runs a specialty program called the Clendenin Bumps School in conjunction with Aspen Skiing Co.’s Ski and Snowboard School. His website,, touts the camp as a way for every skier from beginner to “almost-pro” to get better.

Clendenin was one of six athletes or “sport builders” inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in April. They were formally enshrined Friday at the Hall of Fame in Ishpeming, Michigan. The other inductees this year were Toby Dawson, 2005 world-champion mogul skier and 2006 Olympic bronze medal winner; Kris “Fuzz” Feddersen, an athlete and coach in freestyle aerial skiing; ski-film producer Joe Jay Jalbert, who also was the ski double for Robert Redford in the 1969 movie “Downhill Racer”; Scot Schmidt, one of the most filmed skiers in the world and labeled “the original freeskier” by Powder Magazine; and ski-show pioneer Jerry Simon.