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Sigurd Hall was one of the Northwest’s best ski racers and mountaineers when he met his untimely death in the Silver Skis Race on Mount Rainier on April 13, 1940. Born in Norway in 1910 as Sigurd Hoel, Sigurd immigrated to the United States in 1929, to earn money to support his family, intending to stay for five years. However, stayed in this country, became a U.S. citizen in 1935, and made his skiing and mountaineering reputation in Washington State.

Sigurd Hall was first mentioned as a ski racer in the Seattle Times in 1937. Hall was a member of the Mountaineers, and initially competed in cross-country. Later, Hall became the one of the best Four-Way skiers in the United States, competing for the Seattle Ski Club.

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John Lundin


downhill skiing, Pacific Northwest, mountaineering


United States History


About the author:John Lundin is a lawyer and long time skier who has done extensive research and writing about early skiing in Washington in his work to help to start the Washington State Ski & Snowboard Museum that opened in October 2015 on Snoqualmie Pass. A number of his essays can be found on, the on-line encyclopedia of Washington history. John learned to ski on Snoqualmie Pass, was a member of Sahalie Ski Club, and has homes in Seattle and Sun Valley, Idaho.

SIGURD HALL - SKI RACER & MOUNTAINEER Northwest Four-Way Ski Champion A Life Tragically Ended too Soon in the Silver Skis Race on Mt. Rainier in 1940