Colorado Snowsports Museum in Vail hires John McMurtry as development head |

Colorado Snowsports Museum in Vail hires John McMurtry as development head

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VAIL — The Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame recently named Board and Hall of Fame member John McMurtry as the organization’s vice president of development. McMurtry began his new role Aug. 2.

As the former lead development officer for Vail’s Steadman Philippon Research Institute since 1994, the Denver native managed the planning and execution of the fund development and institutional relations program for the institute. His programs provided a substantial portion of the institute’s operating, capital and endowment revenue.

“We are extremely excited to have John joining our team at the museum,” Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame Executive Director Susie Tjossem said. “Not only is John very familiar with our organization and its day to day operation, but he also brings an incredible history and passion for skiing to his new role that immediately shines through. He will be a great addition to the staff.”

From 1976 to 1984, McMurtry coached, developed and directed the U.S. Alpine Ski Team. During his tenure, the team won World Cup titles, Olympic medals and the first Nation’s Cup for any U.S. Alpine Team.

During his time with the ski team, McMurtry joined orthopedic surgeon Dr. J. Richard Steadman in South Lake Tahoe and resumed his work in sports medicine and science. Working with Steadman and his two partners, Topper Hagerman and John Atkins, the quartet founded SPORT Inc., a company focused on researching and developing innovative rehabilitation and injury prevention programs and projects.

In 1984, with just four months’ notice, Park City Resort asked McMurtry to organize the first men and women’s Alpine World Cup races held in the state of Utah. These races proved to be a showcase event for Utah’s bid to win the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

In 1986, McMurtry was invited by the late Bob Parker to be part of the first U.S. ski industry delegation to visit China. He was inducted into the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame in 1995 and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2014.

McMurtry was honored by Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm and Denver Mayor W.H. McNichols Jr. on Nov. 13, 1982, for his contributions to Colorado and skiing, as the state officials proclaimed John McMurtry Day in Colorado.

A 1973 graduate in political science from the University of Denver, McMurtry received his master’s degree in sports science and physical education, also from the University of Denver, and earned his MBA in business in 1993 from Westminster College in Salt Lake City.

The Colorado Snowsports Museum, located in the Vail Transportation Center, is currently under construction on a $2.4 million privately funded transformation that will refurbish the 24-year-old facility, add new exhibit space and modernize exhibits with interactive technology.

Skiing and the 10th Mountain Division are the cornerstones of Vail’s success and history, which the museum preserves and celebrates year-round. The museum has been one of the favorite family-friendly visitor attractions in Vail for 41 years, and with these improvements, the museum will be the most comprehensive ski museum in the world.

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