Vail’s Colorado Ski Hall of Fame to induct six
Editor’s Note: This is the first part of a six-part series about this year’s inductees to the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame. VAIL, Colorado – The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame is inducting six new members this November – Horst Abraham, Jake Burton Carpenter, Ernst Constam, Harry Frampton, Trygve Myhren and Sandy Treat.The new inductees will join a prestigious group of Hall of Fame snow sports visionaries who have made significant contributions to snow sports in Colorado. They will be honored during the 34th annual Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame Induction Gala on Nov. 6 at the Westin Westminster in Westminster, Colo. Horst Abraham was born in Vienna, Austria, in the winter of 1941. At age 5, he received his first pair of skis, crafted by his older brother out of scrap wood from a cabinet builder’s workshop. Abraham learned to ski by the motto: “Hurt, didn’t it?”After returning to Vienna after the war, Abraham’s bond with skiing was irreversibly formed. Along with earning his master’s in education and the physical sciences, he began to re-write the script for ski-teaching. In 1964, Abraham immigrated to the United States and followed his future wife to Aspen, where he met Curt Chase, then the director of the Aspen Ski School. Chase offered Horst many opportunities as an instructor, trainer and supervisor, while also challenging him.During the late 1960s, Abraham’s work in the domain of ski methodology and technical thinking was beginning to be nationally recognized. Shortly after, he became vice-president of education of the Professional Ski Instructors of America and assembled a group of experts to build the National Education Committee. With the support of Vail and Aspen ski schools, the American Teaching Method began to take shape, which emphasized the relationship between the learning process and the skills.The American Teaching Method was recognized as a major breakthrough in the field of ski instruction and was enthusiastically accepted in the early 1980s. Since then, Abraham has written “Skiing Right,” the official Professional Ski Instructors of America handbook, and founded Paragon Consulting to help leaders and organizations realize their goals.