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Double Diamond Awards Given To Colorado Ski Country Standouts

CSCUSA Awards 2015Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA), Colorado’s ski resorts presented its Double Diamond Awards ay the group’s 52nd annual meeting this week. Here are the recipients:

Chairman’s Awards:

Chris Diamond – Steamboat Ski Resort: Diamond is a 43-year veteran of the ski industry who took over at the helm of Steamboat Ski Resort in 1999. In that time, he transformed Steamboat into an international destination resort whose collaboration with the local community is a model for ski areas nationwide.  

Rich Moorhead – Monarch Mountain:In his 30-year career at Monarch, Rich Moorhead worked his way up from a lift operator to become the resort’s general manager, where for 22 years he guided Monarch’s growth into a finely tuned, uniquely Colorado ski area. 

Spencer Nelson All-Star Athlete of the Year  Logan Sankey, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club: Sankey is a 17-year old ski jumper for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. 

Ski Patroller of the Year  R. Louis Skowyra III, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area: Skowyra leverages a remarkable skill set to benefit the safety and enjoyment of guests at Arapahoe Basin.

Ski Instructor of the Year  Trish O’Connell, Steamboat Ski Resort: O’Connell is a 30-year veteran of the SnowSports School at Steamboat Ski Resort, where she consistently ranks among the resort’s top instructors for hours, lesson requests, and return students. .

Groomer of the Year  Patrick Torsell, Ski Cooper: Torsell started as a groomer in his first season at Ski Cooper and was promoted to grooming and trail maintenance supervisor last summer. He also serves as Ski Cooper’s director of information technology and was recently named marketing director as well. 

Terrain Master of the Year (Night Crew) – Chris Branstetter, Snowmass: Branstetter started his snow operations career when he joined the Buttermilk terrain park crew in 2008. He first worked on the day crew for five years and has five X-Games under his belt in addition to working on rail fabrication and repair in the fall. 

Terrain Master of the Year (Day Crew) – Tyler Reynolds, Snowmass: Reynolds joined Snowmass for the 2014/15 season and began moving rails with a snow cat after four years at Purgatory Ski Resort.

Snow Maker of the Year  Emily Barker, Vail Mountain: Barker is a six-year veteran of Vail snowmaking and is a Ski Area Management graduate from Gogebic Community College. 

Photo: L-R: Louis Skowyra, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area; Patrick Torsell, Ski Cooper; Tyler Reynolds, Aspen Snowmass; Logan Sankey; Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Chris Diamond, Steamboat Ski Resort. (CSCUSA/Chris Schneider)

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