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Former Waterville Valley employee inducted into Colorado ski hall of fame

November 15, 2011

I found the following story about John Garnsey in The Denver Post.  Congrats John!

By John Meyer

John Garnsey looked a lot more comfortable in blue jeans and a Vail 2015 parka at a U.S. Ski Team pep rally Saturday night in Vail Village than he did the night before, dressed in a business suit at a fancy Broomfield hotel for his induction into the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame.

When the spotlight was on the ski team and snow fell to get everyone in the right mood, Garnsey beamed in the background. Before his Hall of Fame induction, he seemed more nervous about his speech than a kid about to make his first death-defying trip down the Hahnenkamm.

A Vail Resorts co-president, Garnsey was a key figure in making the Vail Valley America’s home of ski racing, with annual World Cup stops and world championships in 1989 and 1999. Another is coming in 2015.

His induction was richly deserved, but Garnsey took it with a painful modesty that made him seem almost uncomfortable with the honor.

“For me it was a surprise and a shock,” Garnsey said. “I was like, ‘Me?’ Obviously it’s a tremendous honor. I love the sport, I love the people in it. So to be recognized by people within a sport and an industry that is my life means a lot.”

Garnsey grew up in southern New Hampshire, blessed to be in a family of skiers.

“It was so much more than a sport, it was a way of life for us as a family,” Garnsey said. “It does really help define who you are as a person, more than any other industry, or any other sport maybe. That’s what’s really unique about it.”

Garnsey got his first ski job at Waterville Valley, where he was on the ski patrol and worked in the race department. He worked there with Jimmy Roberts, and when Roberts came to Vail to run the race department in 1974, Garnsey wrote him asking for a job. Garnsey was 24.

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About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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