1988, Ed Schiffkorn (Alpine and Cross Country Skiing)

EdschiffkornEd Schiffkorn was inducted to the Hall of Fame for his contribution as an athlete, coach and builder of alpine skiing and for his contributions to cross-country skiing as a volunteer and builder.

Ed was born in Austria in 1938 and spent his youth alpine racing in Europe before he moved to the Yukon in 1959. From 1959 to 1970 Ed raced with the Yukon Ski Team, attended the International Airline races in Alaska five years in a row, and skied at several Canada Games. Ed also coached the Whitehorse Alpine Ski Club from 1959 to 1975 and coached Yukon teams to three Canada Games. From 1966 to 1972 he was the Alpine Chair of the Yukon Ski Zone. He also volunteered to build the Heckel Hill ski facility.

Ed also became involved in cross-country skiing in 1971. He began as a weekend timer and by 1974 he was assisting with the organization of the Canadian Junior Championships in Whitehorse. In following years he volunteered as Finish Referee (1975 Canada Winter Games), Assistant Technical Delegate (1977 Canadian Senior Championships), Chief of Race (1980 Canadian Junior Nationals), Chief of Race (1981 World Cup and North American Championships), Technical Delegate (1982 Nor-Am Race), Chief of Race (1986 Canadian Junior Nationals) and Chief of Race for several other local races. From 1977 to 1981, Ed served as the Cross-Country Chair for the Yukon Ski Zone and was responsible for the technical aspect of the sport. Ed also took two months off from work to devote himself full time to the 1981 World Cup.