Philip ‘Brud’ Folger named to Ski Hall of Fame

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KINGFIELD — Eight Maine skiers will be inducted at the 12th annual Maine Ski Hall of Fame banquet at Lost Valley on Oct. 24, according to the Ski Museum of Maine.

Included in the class of 2014 are a Pied Piper of cross-country skiing, a long-time college ski coach, a pioneering snowboarder, a big mountain skier who piled up first descents, a pair of Olympic alpine ski racers and a Paralympic sit-skier.

Philip “Brud” Folger grew up in Farmington and became a successful competitive skier in high school and college making his mark in coaching. He coached the ski team at the University of Maine Orono for 28 years, competing in NCAA Division I against the top teams in the country.

He had many skiers qualify in all four events and his teams won the Maine State Ski Championships four times in a row. Being elected president of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association in 1974 is among Brud’s many honors.

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With the induction of this class, the number of skiers recognized by the Hall of Fame since its first induction banquet in 2003 will reach 105.

The Maine Ski Hall of Fame was formed to recognize those Maine skiers who have brought distinction to Maine skiing or made significant contributions to the sport.

Information on the Ski Museum of Maine is available online at www.skimuseumofmaine.org.

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