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Letter: Mingle with ski-industry leaders as Hall of Fame honors five new inductees

October is a special time of year when Vail becomes the center of the snowsports universe as we celebrate and recognize those leaders, athletes and achievers who have made major contributions to the Colorado and U.S. snowsports industry.

We would like to invite our Vail Valley community to join us Saturday, Oct. 14, for our 41st annual Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame Induction Gala as we enshrine the Class of 2017. Tickets are still available for the Gala, which will be held at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, and may be purchased online, at http://www.skimuseum.net or by calling 476-1876.

This fun and inspiring evening will be a wonderful opportunity to meet, mix and mingle with the men and women who have shaped the Colorado ski and snowboard industry. The stories you will hear are so central as to why we are all here.

The Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame, located in the heart of Vail, honors the leaders and visionaries who gave rise to Colorado's snowsports industry, including the veterans of the 10th Mountain Division who trained at Camp Hale during World War II. The Hall inspires generations of school-age children, as well as scholars studying the history of the 10th and World War II.

Of special importance this year, Vail native and ski industry trailblazer Diane Boyer is being inducted, and Mikaela Shriffin will receive the competitor of the year award.

Besides Diane, the honored class of 2017 includes Aspen backcountry and ski mountaineering legend Chris Davenport; Chris Diamond, recently retired Steamboat Ski Resort president and author; Walt Evans, former U.S. Ski Snowboard Association National Competition Director; and Dave Stapleton, pioneering Aspen ski racing administrator and official.

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And we have more exciting news to report: Construction started recently on the $2.4 million transformation and modernization of your Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame. The transformation will result in the most modern, state-of-the-art snowsports museum in the world. The Museum will reopen in early 2018.

Established as a nonprofit organization in 1976 by visionaries from the ski industry, the town of Vail, Vail Resorts and the U.S. Forest Service, the opening of the Museum coincided with Colorado's centennial and the nation's bicentennial celebrations.

Look forward to seeing you Saturday as we celebrate Colorado skiing, snowboarding, history, heritage and accomplishments.

John McMurtry

Vice president of development, Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame