Colorado Ski Country USA recognizes industry’s best |

Colorado Ski Country USA recognizes industry’s best

Julie Sutor
summit daily news
Vail, CO Colorado

DENVER – With the help of Olympic snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) recognized outstanding industry professionals Thursday night, with four awards going to leaders at Summit County ski areas.

The industry trade group, which represents 22 ski areas across the state, presented awards to snow maintenance professionals, athletes, instructors, and ski patrollers for their leadership in the Colorado skiing and snowboarding community.

Each year, coaches, resort supervisors and managers nominate one outstanding candidate from each category from their resorts. The CSCUSA committee of judges, comprised of industry peers, chooses award finalists based on an application letter and interview. Final judging criteria include professionalism, dedication, contribution, leadership and attitude.

Double Diamond Award recipients this year ranged from industry veterans to up-and-coming winter athletes and terrain professionals.

Among local award winners was Arapahoe Basin general manager Alan Henceroth. Henceroth received CSCUSA’s President’s Award for his commitment and passion to the ski industry.

This year’s Chairman’s Award, rather than recognizing one individual standout in the Colorado ski industry, honored all of the snowmakers, slope groomers and terrain masters of Colorado Ski Country USA for their performance this past season, in which snowfall was 26 percent below average.

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