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Walt Evans joins Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame; gala is Oct. 14

Colorado Snowsports Museum
Special to the Daily

VAIL — One of the most important annual celebrations of the state's snowsports industry, the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame Induction Gala is a unique opportunity to meet, mix and mingle with the men and women who have shaped the Colorado ski and snowboard industry.

In conjunction with the Hall of Fame induction on Saturday, Oct. 14, the Colorado Snowsports Museum this week will be profiling the five members of the Class of 2017 in the Vail Daily.

Walt Evans

Walt Evans is a Colorado native, born and raised in Frasier, who grew up skiing on the rope tows in nearby Winter Park, Hot Sulphur Springs and Tabernash. He was involved in Colorado and U.S. ski racing for 46 years until his retirement from the Aspen Valley Ski Club in 2016.

Evans' competitive highlight was being a member of the 1968 University of Wyoming alpine ski team that won the NCAA title. In 1970, post-graduation, Evans returned to Colorado to head up the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's alpine program, while also spending time as a rancher.

By 1978, Steamboat's program had 280 members and 28 coaches, of which Evans became one, but had no executive director. Evans created the role, becoming Steamboat's first executive director, a position he held until 1983, when he went to work with the U.S. Ski Association as alpine program director for the Rocky Mountain Division.

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In 1997, he became the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association national competition director, overseeing and rebuilding its domestic competition program in all U.S. ski and snowboard sports. During his time with USSA, Evans helped engineer the National Development System, a program that worked with top clubs nationwide to provide elite training opportunities for rising alpine racers.

Evans returned to Colorado in 2012 to finish up his ski career by taking the position of director of excellence with the Aspen Valley Ski Club, a position from which he retired in 2016. In 2013, The USSA honored Evans during its annual USSA Congress in Park City, Utah, with the John J. Clair Jr. Award, recognizing service to the organization where he spent nearly 30 years.

If you go …

What: The Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame Induction Gala.

When: Saturday, Oct. 14.

Where: Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, 715 W Lionshead Circle, Lionshead Village.

Cost: Individual general admission tickets are $225, reserved tickets are $325 and tables start at $3,250.

More information: For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame at http://www.skimuseum.net or call 970-476-1876.

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