Editor's note: This is an excerpt from "Women of Vail," by Elaine Kelton and Carolyn Pope. The Vail Daily is serializing the book as Vail celebrates its 50th anniversary. Books are available for purchase at www.bookwormofedwards.com, the Colorado Ski Museum, Pepi's, Gorsuch, Annie's and the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.
I went to the Olympic ski racing tryouts and competed in the 1960 Winter Olympics. David Gorsuch and I traveled the world for skiing and fell in love. On June 15, 1960, I married him and finished my degree at the University of Denver. David and I spent four years in Crested Butte and then had the opportunity to buy Sporthaus Vail and make the big move to the Vail Valley. Were we excited!
Gorsuch Ltd. is and has been our focus. We opened the store with a small space in the Clock Tower building and used the first floor and lower level for equipment. We shared space with the U.S. Post Office, Norge by George and the Shubert's Italian fashion store.
The love of Vail kept us here. It was like living on a frontier. We had to drive to Glenwood Springs for our groceries. Our social life was family oriented. The first invitation we received was to Elaine and Gerry White's home, and I remember going to Gretta Parks' for a beautiful summer dinner. There was little time or money to be social.
Our sporting life was skiing, skiing and more skiing. For entertainment, I remember things like the Irish Rovers at Bill Whiteford's Casino and floating down Gore Creek on summer evenings. I have fond memories of driving up Vail Mountain along Mill Creek for summer picnics with three very young boys.
Before coming to Vail, we were so excited that we were going to be in a community of positive people who believed anything was possible. I'm still excited to live in Vail. I've seen educational alternatives become available - David and I volunteered our time doing PE for the elementary school and JFK physical fitness for youth. I was the first female member of the Vail Hospital Board. It's great to see how far Vail has come. Yes, of course it has changed and evolved, and I have tried to evolve with it. I have embraced both the sport of skiing and the mountain lifestyle all my life.
"Women of Vail" was produced by a team that includes Elaine Kelton and Carolyn Pope, publishers; Joanne Morgan, designer and production; and Rosalie Hill Isom, writer-editor.