Meet Vail Ski Hall of Fame inductee Otto Werlin
VAIL – The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame 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.
Born and raised in Denver, Otto Werlin returned from a hitch in the postwar Army of Occupation to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he studied business and mechanical engineering and raced hotrods and sports cars, a lifelong passion. After a 10-year career in the oil and gas industry, in 1964 he joined Loveland Ski Area as general manager. There, during a period of rapid growth, he supervised construction of five chairlifts and managed the chaos attending construction of the Eisenhower Tunnel right through the heart of the resort. Werlin opened Loveland Valley and pioneered snowmaking in Colorado, keeping Loveland competitive as larger resorts grew up nearby. Werlin was a driving force in the creation of Colorado Ski Country USA. He retired in 1992.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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