Charley Gersbach – a solid fixture in Vail
Because he knew the local sales manager of Pan-Am Airways, Gersbach, working with Bob Parker, arranged for needed gondola parts to be flown in, thereby ensuring its timely completion. Later, in November, before the opening of the Vail Village Inn, Gersbach was made general manager. Probably due to his inexperience and his tendency to wander, he didn’t last long. He says he quit – the owner of the Vail Village Inn said he was fired.
Gersbach then ran Vail’s Denver office and was instrumental in bringing many conventions to the resort, including the Woolgrowers Association and the Miss Tall North American Pageant in 1964. In 1965, 1,500 people from the 10th Mountain Division convened in Vail.
Gersbach’s rise to fame peaked in 1966 when he and partners John Amato, Vince Domineco and John Huebinger built the Manor Vail Lodge. With its Lord Gore Club, it was Vail’s finest at the time.
Gersbach became a solid fixture in Vail. After the 1960s, he entered the real-estate business, which grew with the ever-expanding sprawl of the valley. He died early this year.
Editor’s Note: In a continued effort to help the community understand its roots, the Vail Daily for a second time is serializing Dick Hauserman’s “The Inventors of Vail.” This is the 98th installment, an excerpt from chapter 12, “The Ever-Increasing “New Locals.” The book is available at Verbatim Booksellers, The Bookworm of Edwards, Pepi’s Sports, Gorsuch Ltd. and The Rucksack, as well as other retailers throughout the valley. Hauserman can be contacted by phone at 926-2895 or by mail at P.O. Box 1410, Edwards CO, 81632.