Vail: Frampton, Treat head Ski Hall of Fame class
VAIL – Vail Valley residents Harry Frampton and Sandy Treat are being inducted into Vail’s Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame this year as builders of the sport. Frampton managing partner of East West Partners, which is currently developing resort properties in the Vail Valley and around the state, was president of Vail Associates from 1982 to 1986. During that time, the company installed four high speed lifts. Frampton also was instrumental in bringing both the 1989 and 1999 World Championships to Vail and Beaver Creek.Treat volunteered for the 10th Mountain Division, the famed soldiers on skis who fought in World War II, and trained and instructed fellow troops at Camp Hale. In 1986, Sandy returned to Colorado and since then, has been one of the most dominant male master skiers of his class in the Rocky Mountain region. Treat also has held many board and volunteer positions at local organizations, and talks about his personal experiences with the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale every week at the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum.The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame will announce its newest members at Thursday’s Colorado Ski Country USA meeting in Denver. The other inductees are Horst Abraham, Jake Burton Carpenter, Ernst Constam, Harry and Trygve Myhren. All of the inductees will be honored during the 34th annual Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame Induction Gala, a fundraiser for the museum, on Nov. 6 at the Westin Westminster in Westminster, Colo.Carpenter founded Burton Snowboards and campaigned for ski resorts to open their slopes to snowboarders. In the 1960s, Abraham revolutionized ski instruction. He and a group of experts created the American Teaching Method, which was recognized as a major breakthrough in the field of ski instruction in the 1980s. Constam is credited as the inventor of the overhead cable ski tow, beginning with his J-bar, first installed in the 1930s. He also installed a T-bar on Cooper Hill to help the 10th Mountain Division train to become skiers. Throughout the 1960’s, there were more than 80 Constam designs installed at resorts nationwide. Myhren, over the past 15 years, has promoted competitive disabled skiing and the international success of U.S. disabled athletes. He was instrumental in making Paralympic skiing the first adaptive sport to be fully integrated into the Olympic programs. He helped launch “SkiTAM” in 1995, which continues to be a fundraising powerhouse for the U.S. Disabled Ski Team.For more information on the inductees or the gala, contact 970-476-1876 or visit http://www.skimuseum.net.