Vail Daily’s View: Treat, Frampton in Ski Hall
As Vail Valley legends go, you’d be hard-pressed to find any more affable or approachable than Sandy Treat and Harry Frampton.Frampton, a former head of then-Vail Associates and current chairman of the Vail Valley Foundation board – along with side jobs leading Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate and East West Partners – answers his own phone and will give the time of day to anyone, not just inquiring editors.Sandy Treat’s ties to skiing go all the way back to serving in the 10th Mountain Division during World War II and later making a life in this community after conquering the corporate world. He still teaches weekly at the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum in Vail and anywhere else you are fortunate enough to bump into him. Nuthin’ against the other new members of the Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame, but it’s always great to see deserving locals welcomed into the fold. The Hall of Fame celebrates a sport and lifestyle that, make no mistake, made the long string of communities from Vail to Gypsum more vibrant, livable and interesting places. Even in recession and “overbuilt” to some critics, our valley’s quality of life far surpasses normal America and what would have been without the top ski resorts in the world. In their own ways, Frampton and Treat helped build what we have today. Their contributions to skiing are what gained entry to the Hall of Fame: Treat, a top master racer who was still competing at age 85, gave an eye to the sport in an accident at Golden Peak; Frampton nothing quite so dramatic, but helping deliver the World Alpine Ski Championships in 1989 and 1999 surely must have felt at times like he was giving a body part or two, like, say, an arm or a leg.But these two have made this place a better place to live in other ways, too. Treat moved here in 1986 after retiring as president of Alcan. He’s credited with helping set a faltering Jimmie Heuga Center onto a solid foundation along with his service to other, numerous, community-service groups and boards. In one respect, Treat has come full circle: He taught soldiers how to ski at Camp Hale during World War II. And he does much the same when injured war veterans make their pilgrimage to ski today.If looking for a definition of ADD, you might be tempted to reduce it to two words: Harry Frampton. Here’s a guy always thinking, never still. After leaving Vail Associates in the mid-’80s, all he did was form two of the most dominant companies in their fields today: Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate and East West Partners. Slifer Smith & Frampton is the dominant real estate company in our valley, and East West is recognized among the very top of resort developers. Then, there’s that gig for the past three decades as chairman of the Vail Valley Foundation’s board. The foundation sits at the top of the local community-service universe, too.The Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame induction is a nice way to recognize a couple of guys who have made a major difference for the community in skiing, sure, but well beyond the sport, too.When you see them, it’s OK to razz them a little, too. Each has managed to keep a healthy sense of humor and humility about successes that have sprung directly from their passion for the sport and life in the mountains.