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Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame in Vail honors the 10th Mountain Division

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The 10th Mountain Division will this year be honored with the Colorado Snowsports Museum's Top of the Hill Award, recognizing entities that have contributed to the development of skiing in Colorado. At least 60 ski resorts nationwide were founded by men of the division.

Editor's note: The Vail Daily will profile the last of this year's Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum award winners on Sunday, Sept. 23. Additional profiles can be found at http://www.vaildaily.com.

VAIL — The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame has announced its annual Recognition Award winners for 2018.

The awards will be presented in conjunction with the organization's Hall of Fame Induction Gala, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa.

Among this year's award winners is the 10th Mountain Division.

Without the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division, the Colorado snowsports industry might look decidedly different from the one that we have come to know today. Trained at Camp Hale, just 20 miles from Vail, the men of the 10th distinguished themselves in battle, playing an integral role in the campaign in Italy and helping to bring about the end of World War II in Europe.

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Following the conclusion of the war, the men of the 10th returned home, becoming instrumental in the development of skiing as a recreation industry and a major sport. At least 60 ski resorts nationwide were founded by men of the division.

Now headquartered in Fort Drum, New York, the division has been one of the most deployed units in the Army since 2001. In 2016, the 10th Mountain Division returned to Colorado as a result of an Army directive. Today, some 730 soldiers from the 1st Battalion of the 157th Infantry of the Colorado National Guard are aligned with the 10th Mountain Division.

If you go …

What: Colorado Snowsports Museum Hall of Fame Induction Gala.

When: 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.

Where: Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa, Lionshead Village, Vail.

Cost: Reserved individual tickets are $325, and tables for 10 are available starting at $3,750. A $250 individual ticket option is also available but does not include seating location preference.

More information: To purchase tickets or for additional information, email halloffame@snowsportsmuseum.org, visit the Colorado Snowsports Museum website, http://www.snowsportsmuseum.org, or call 970-476-1876. All proceeds from the Hall of Fame Gala will benefit the Colorado Snowsports Museum.