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Bill Bergman to be inducted into Vail-based Hall of Fame

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Bill Bergman

VAIL, Colorado – The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame has announce that Bill Bergman has been selected for this year’s Pioneer category in the Hall of Fame, and will be inducted at the 2012 Hall of Fame induction ceremony in October.He will be honored as a pioneer for his early role with Keystone ski area and creating a business template for ski resorts everywhere. The Hall of Fame election for the other four 2012 inductees will take place from March 15 to April 15.Completed nominations for the 2012 Athlete, Sport Builder and Inspiration categories are due at the museum by Feb. 15. All five members of the 2012 Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame, including Bill Bergman, will be honored at the 2012 induction ceremony in October. For more information or questions regarding the nomination process, contact the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum at 970-476-1876 or Resort’s history began in a cabin called the Alhambra, named after a nearby mine. In this cabin, 10th Mountain Division veteran Larry Jump and Max Dercum discussed plans for neighboring Arapahoe Basin. More than two decades later in the same cabin, Max Dercum revealed “Dercum’s Dream,” his vision of creating and developing Keystone, to Iowa attorney Bill Bergman. Bergman, who had just purchased the Alhambra, was excited at for the prospect of “Dercum’s Dream” and wanted to assist Larry in the pursuit. “I went up to the top of the mountains with Max and almost killed myself coming down on a narrow snowmobile track,” Bergman said as he recalled the time when he knew this place would be special. Dercum had the vision but Bergman possessed the business savvy skills to turn it into reality. He is credited as the individual who transformed skiing into a corporate enterprise, something that originally began with small investors. By partnering with a well-known dog food producer, Ralston Purina, Bergman took Max Dercum’s dream of Keystone and made the resort a leader in the ski industry. These efforts resulted in incredible developments throughout the entire skiing industry. Ralston assumed major ownership of the resort and therefore Bergman was able to expand the resort by designing environmentally friendly trails and installing snowmaking capabilities in 1972. Bergman laid the groundwork for standard practices in leading resorts that are still used today. Bill Bergman will be inducted to the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame as a pioneer in the snow sports industry. His template for practices and methods of ski resorts became the investment gold standard, driving ski area expansion. The gala will take place Oct. 26 at the Omni Resort in Broomfield. For more information, please visit the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum & Hall of Fame website at

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