Taylor was born in West Hartford, skied on the U.S. Ski Team, and was national downhill champion in 1970.
He hoped to build ski racing among Connecticut high schools, and largely succeeded, with a race league of 24 teams within a few years of opening.
He also welcomed snowboarders, started reggae fests to fill the summer months, and built a skate park.
He continues to improve Woodbury this summer by extending two lifts 300 feet higher up the slope, adding more lighting, and expanding snowmaking to cover cross-country trails.