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Vail’s Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame is inducting new members who have made impactful contributions to snow sports.
Vail Valley residents Harry Frampton and Sandy Treat are at the top of the list for new inductees.
Frampton is the managing partner of East West Partners, which is currently developing several resort properties in the Vail Valley, as well as around the state. He was also president of Vail Associates from 1982 to 1986. During that time, the company installed four high-speed chair lifts. Frampton also was a largely contributing factor in bringing both the 1989 and 1999 World Championships to Vail and Beaver Creek.
Sandy Treat volunteered for the 10th Mountain Division, (the famed veterans on skis who fought during World War II), and trained and instructed fellow troops at Camp Hale. Sandy returned to Colorado in 1986, and since then, has been one of the most dominant male master skiers of his class amongst the Rocky Mountain region. Treat has also fulfilled many board and volunteer positions at local organizations. Every week he continues to share his personal experiences with the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, located at the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum.
The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame will announce its newest members at Thursday’s Colorado Ski Country USA meeting in Denver. The other Hall of Fame inductees include Horst Abraham, Jake Burton Carpenter, Ernst Constam, and Harry and Trygve Myhren. All of the inductees mentioned will be honored during the 34th annual Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame Induction Gala, a fundraiser for the museum, held on Nov. 6 at the Westin Westminster.
In the 1960s, Horst Abraham revolutionized ski instruction. He and a group of experts created the American Teaching Method, which was recognized as a major breakthrough in the field of ski instruction during the 1980s.
Jake Burton Carpenter founded Burton Snowboards in 1977, and campaigned for ski resorts to open their ski-only slopes to snowboarders as well.
Ernst Constam is recognized as the inventor of the overhead cable ski tow, beginning with his J-bar, first installed in the 1930s. Constam also installed a T-bar on Cooper Hill, in order to help the 10th Mountain Division train to become skiers. Throughout the 1960s, more than 80 “Constam designs” were installed at ski resorts nationwide.
Trygve Myhren has promoted competitive disabled skiing and the international success of U.S. disabled athletes over the last 15 years. He was instrumental in making Paralympic skiing the first adaptive sport to be fully integrated into the Olympic programs. He also helped launch “Ski TAM” in 1995, which continues to be a fundraising powerhouse for the U.S. Disabled Ski Team.
The Hall of Fame welcomes these above mentioned pioneers of the Ski and Snowboarding industry. Thanks for your contribution guys!
For more information on the inductees or the gala, contact (970) 476-1876 or visit www.skimuseum.net.