Who was Buddy Werner?

Wallace "Buddy" Jerold Werner ~ 1936-1964

Bud Werner was an internationally renowned alpine ski racer who died trying to outrace an avalanche in the Swiss Alps on April 12, 1964. Contributions from all over the world were given in Buddy's memory and used to build a new public library for the community of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The Bud Werner Memorial Library opened its doors with a dedication ceremony on February 4, 1967.

A native of Steamboat Springs, Buddy had a breakneck style which caused spectacular spills, but also enabled him to win virtually every championship available during his mercurial career. He was America's first truly world class ski racer.

Among his accomplishments were:

  • Member, Olympic Alpine Team, 1956; 1960; 1964.
  • Member, Federation International du Ski Alpine Team, 1954 (alternate); 1958, when he was the first American selected; 1962.
  • Posthumously inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame, 1964.
  • Three time Holmenkollen Champion in Norway, with the best showing to date by an American Alpine skier in international competition, 1954; 1956; 1962.
  • Three time National Alpine Champion in Giant Slalom, 1957; 1959; 1963.
  • Two time winner of the Roche Cup, 1961; 1959.