A former Waterville Valley resident, John Garnsey, was recently elected to the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame. Garnsey is one of five inductees who will join a prestigious group of 184 Hall of Fame snow sports visionaries who have made significant contributions to the Colorado ski industry.
John Garnsey started his career on the Waterville Valley ski patrol in the early 70s. In 1974, he moved to Vail and was responsible for various mountain operations on Vail Mountain and at Beaver Creek Resort. Garnsey transitioned to the Vail Valley Foundation as vice president, and in 1985, he was named senior vice president for the 1989 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships held in Vail. As president of the organizing committee, Garnsey headed the successful campaign to bring the World Championships back to the Vail Valley in 1999. In May of 1999, Garnsey was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Beaver Creek Resort. He was instrumental in establishing the resort as providing arguably the best guest service and safety culture earning the resort numerous industry awards. In 2008, Garnsey was appointed co-president of Vail Resorts, overseeing both Vail and Beaver Creek resorts. A most recent crowning achievement, Garnsey co-chaired the committee that secured the winning bid to return the World Alpine Ski Championships to Vail and Beaver Creek for a third time in 2015.
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