The Vail-based Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame celebrated the careers and lives of some local Coloradans this month (November) whose contributions to the sports of skiing and snowboarding have helped shape the snow sports industry as we know it today.
Paul T. Bailey, a founding member of the Copper Mountain Ski Area and Chairman of the Board from Copper Mountain's inception in 1972 through 1978, got a nod. Bailey was president of the Loveland Basin Ski Team and treasurer of the Rocky Mountain Division. He helped bring World Cup skiing to Copper Mountain and continues to be an active supporter of ski-related organizations such as Colorado Ski Country and the U.S. Ski Team. Bailey himself started racing at the age of 58 and this past season he was the National Nastar Champion in the 85 and over category.
Merrill G. Hastings Jr. served in the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army and, after returning to the U.S. a decorated hero, joined the construction crew in building Arapahoe Basin. Hastings was a Berthoud Pass ski school director and a national ski patrolman starting the ski association that evolved into the Rocky Mountain Division of PSIA. He started Skiing Magazine in 1948 and successfully ran it for 16 years. Hastings was named to the Ski Industry Hall of Fame by Skiing Magazine in March 1998.
Bill Jensen began his career working as a lift operator. He quickly rose up through the ranks, landing at the helm of Vail Resorts serving as the President and CEO. He helped to secure and successfully host the Alpine World Championships and annual Birds of Prey World Cup races. Jensen's sharp insight, customer service focus, and implementation of innovative programming helped him make Vail one of the most popular resorts in the world today.
This could be you one day if you share your ski passion with others.