Dave Stapleton joins Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame Class of 2017; induction Oct. 14
Special to the Daily
If you go …
What: The Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame Induction Gala.
When: Saturday, Oct. 14.
Where: Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, 715 W Lionshead Circle, Lionshead Village.
Cost: Individual general admission tickets are $225, reserved tickets are $325 and tables start at $3,250.
More information: For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame at http://www.skimuseum.net or call 970-476-1876.
VAIL — One of the most important annual celebrations of the state’s snowsports industry, the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame Induction Gala is a unique opportunity to meet, mix and mingle with the men and women who have shaped the Colorado ski and snowboard industry.
In conjunction with the Hall of Fame induction on Saturday, Oct. 14, the Colorado Snowsports Museum this week will be profiling the five members of the Class of 2017 in the Vail Daily.
Dave Stapleton grew up in the Aspen that is familiar only to those who actually experienced it, long before it became a ski resort. He attended the Aspen School for first through 12th grades, spending much of his youth splitting time between school, helping on the family ranches, skiing and riding rodeo bareback broncs.
A fifth-generation Coloradan, Stapleton had a passion for skiing that evolved from his time as an athlete, coach and official, punctuating these efforts by focusing on producing premier international competitions at Colorado ski resorts. Both Stapleton and his wife, Sigrid, were actively involved with the Aspen Ski Club, Dave serving on the board of directors for 20 years, three of those as president.
Stapleton was named the first World Cup race official from Aspen and served as either chief of race, chief of course, race chairman, TV coordinator, starter, timer or finish and start referee for every race in Aspen from 1968 to 1991. On the international stage, Stapleton served as women’s downhill chief of course at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, as well as women’s downhill chief of race for the pre-Olympic events of the 1988 Calgary Games.
One of the numerous legacy markers that Stapleton established and dealt with skier safety and standardization of alpine competition courses. Along with three other leaders, Stapleton developed and launched a landmark initiative with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association to the International Ski Federation that mandated specific standards for alpine course design.
Stapleton’s work in the area of racer safety helped to form many of the practices that are in place today in the ski industry regarding risk management. Both on and off the hill, Stapleton could drive his high standards with coaches, officials and athletes because of the level of respect he commanded.
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