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Ski Hall names two of Vail’s best

Don Rogers

George Gillette brought needed pizazz to Vail, Beaver Creek and the rest of the ski world. Dick Hauserman helped found Vail, and now he’s our conscience and link to the pioneers through his books. Both were named this year to The Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame – a long overdue honor for each of these giants.Gillett is still remembered fondly for being the friendly face greeting skiers at Vail back in the 1980s and early ’90s, as well as encouraging major ski races in the States and building speedy quad lifts. He still has a hand in the ski biz, too, at the helm of Booth Creek Ski Holdings, which operates ski resorts from its Vail headquarters – the only ski company based in Vail.Ski magazine views Gillett as among the cream of the crop in the ski world, naming him in 1999 as one of the top 100 most influencial skiers of all time. The hockey world thinks quite a bit of him, too, for his deft touches with the Montreal Canadiens since purchasing them a few years ago. Dick Hauserman has become a favorite down at the Daily with his book “The Inventors of Vail,” which he was kind enough to let us serialize for newspaper readers. It was a big hit, too.Gillett brought founder Pete Seibert back into the fold, making an offer that Seibert recalled taking him a full five seconds to accept. Gillett evenutally had to sell to Apollo Advisors, the New York-based investment firm that took Vail Resorts public in 1997. It was quite a gesture.Gillett and Hauserman aren’t resting on any laurels these days. Gillett, ever the mogul, has a number of companies he actively runs. Hauserman, of course, has another book out: “On the Road to Vail and Beyond.”Of course, this sort of pluck is what it took to build the Vail the world knows today. Vail, Colorado

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