High Altitude Society column: Ski & Snowboard Club Vail honors hall of fame inductees
On Saturday evening at the Four Seasons Resort Vail, a group of people were inducted into the 2015 Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Hall of Fame and Wall of Excellence. In addition to the celebration of these instrumental individuals in the history of SSCV, there was an alumni reunion where past participants of SSCV gathered, mingled and celebrated their peers. One special group was the SSCV women from the 1990s who made friends for life.
“These are my best friends,” Brigid Wall-Kenny said.
“We hit the lottery when we all came together. We all get along great and have remained friends,” Sarah Parrish said.
With a mission of inspiring character growth and excellence and with core values of character, courage and commitment, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail has the vision of being the premier snowsports club in the world. The inaugural inductees in the 2015 Hall of Fame and Wall of Excellence were honored for setting the stage for where SSCV is today as they continue with the goal of being a leading youth development organization in the community. These individuals made an impact on snowsports and the people around them.
Executive Director Aldo Radamus welcomed the attendees and thanked the alumni reunion steering committee and all of the volunteers who were instrumental in the preparations for the weekend.
“And, a special thank you to Sharon Schmidt for all your hard work,” Radamus said.
SSCV has worked with more than 10,000 children in its 52-year history and was the first nonprofit established in the Vail Valley. SSCV continues to attract, train and retain coaches and snowsports competitors and strives to evolve and improve.
“Today, from those humble beginnings, we have 650 kids who participate annually,” Radamus said. “We have plans for the future to move the Club forward, but, in every way we stand on the shoulders of those who had such a hand in making the Club what it is today.”
In inducting Chad Fleischer to the Wall of Excellence, Radamus listed Fleischer’s accomplishments. “Many years, two Olympics, five World Championships, two National Championships titles, and a World Cup silver medal … Chad was also inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame.”
After accepting the honor, Fleischer said “Ski Club Vail is about family away from family, friends and lifetime relationships … I coach now and I told my wife that the most rewarding thing that I have ever done on snow is coach 8 and 9 year olds.”
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Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events including fundraisers, galas and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.