Meet Vail Ski Hall of Fame inductee Ann Bonfoey Taylor
VAIL – The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame in Vail, Colorado will induct six new members at a gala on Nov. 7 in Denver. The inductees are Freda Langell Nieters, Vladimir Peter ‘Spider’ Sabich, David Scott, Ann Taylor, Otto Tschudi, and Otto Werlin. All were inducted for making significant contributions to snow sports in Colorado.The Vail Daily will publish bios of each inductee between now and the induction gala. For the other bios, see http://www.vaildaily.com.
Ann Bonfoey began taking flying lessons at age 12 and was one of the first women to earn a pilot’s license. Married in 1928, she and her husband, James Cooke, settled in Stowe, Vermont. Ann Cooke learned to ski well enough to be named an alternate to the Olympic team in 1939. She also played tennis, well enough to compete at Wimbledon.During World War II she served as a civilian flight instructor, teaching Army and Navy cadets. After the war she returned to Stowe and started designing her own ski clothing and fashions. Her skiwear styles appeared on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar and sold in New York’s department stores. In 1947 she married Vernon “Moose” Taylor, Jr. They built one of the first houses in Vail, in 1963, and Ann thereafter served as one of the vital hubs of Vail’s social life. The 33rd annual Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame Induction Gala is Nov. 7 at the Denver Marriott City Center. For details call 970-476-1876 or visit http://www.skimuseum.net.
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