Hauserman memorial is Thursday in Vail |

Hauserman memorial is Thursday in Vail

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado
Dick Hauserman

VAIL, Colorado – He was a man with a vision that Vail town leaders still aspire toward – make people in town feel welcome and make Vail the best ski resort in the world.

Dick Hauserman passed away at the age of 93 last December, leaving behind a legacy in Vail and many admirers.

A memorial service for Hauserman is scheduled for Thursday at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, from 4-6 p.m.

Hauserman bought a ranch in Colorado with seven other investors in 1959 and co-developed it into a ski resort and town. They called it Vail, and Hauserman later moved here and served on the board of directors for the ski area.

Hauserman’s legacy goes beyond his involvement in creating Vail. He also created the Vail logo, which is still used today, and wrote a book that revealed a detailed history of Vail and its pioneers, “The Inventors of Vail.”

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Those who knew him well remember a kind-hearted man who was “nice to everyone,” longtime resident Bob Lazier said.

Vail investor Harley Higbie said Hauserman helped “move Vail along in the world.”

Hauserman cared deeply about Vail and its success. He personally got involved in just about every project that would help create that success, from development to real estate to marketing – he had his hands on it all.

And he never stopped. In the years leading up to his death he would still try to sell people on Vail, Higbie said.

Hauserman told the Vail Daily in a 2007 interview that the development and success of Vail is one of the “finest success stories in United States history, and nobody disputes that.”

Nobody disputes Hauserman’s important role in that success, either.

His wife, Bobba Paul Hauserman, and their five children are hosting the community memorial service in his honor and encourage friends and residents who knew him to attend. For those planning to attend, contact Suzanne Grossberg at 914-248-0568, or

Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

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