Telluride resident Richard Thorpe recognized as Ski Instructor of the Year

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 24, 2010 1:59 pm

Ski Instructor extraordinaire Richard Thorpe was recently honored with the “Ski/Snowboard Instructor of the Year” award by Colorado Ski Country USA at the 47th CSCUSA Annual Meeting held on June 10, 2010. The Double Diamonds Awards Dinner took place at the Denver Center for Performing Arts Complex in downtown Denver.

“I am truly honored to receive this award from Colorado Ski Country,” said Thorpe. “It is so nice to be recognized amongst my peers and the industry as ‘Instructor of the Year’”.

Thorpe trying to contain his excitement as pro snowboarder and Olympian Gretchen Bleiler hands over his award

Adding to the honor for Thorpe was the celebrity presenter of the award. Planet Earth “Eco Athlete” and hottie snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler took to the mic to name Thorpe as the winner, resulting in him immediately falling into cardiac arrest before a speech could be made. It took 14 paramedics to revive Thorpe and 13 of those paramedics asked Gretchen for her number. The lone holdout asked where she got her shoes…

Originally hailing from California, Thorpe began his teaching career at Snoqualmie Summit, Washington, just outside of Seattle. He then spent 11 years teaching at Taos before moving to Telluride in 2000. Richard is a certified PSIA Level III Alpine instructor, and is accredited as both a basic freestyle and children’s instructor as well as being a Telluride ski school staff trainer.

“We have one of the leading ski and snowboard schools in the country, and we are thrilled Richard is a part of our staff,” said Telluride Ski Resort CEO Dave Riley. “We are proud of Richard’s achievements.”

Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) is the not-for-profit trade association that represents 22 Colorado ski & snowboard resorts. CSCUSA is the worldwide voice of the Colorado ski industry, as the association functions to provide an outlet for the marketing and public relations efforts of these fine resorts.