Around Aspen: Ski Hall of Fame |

Around Aspen: Ski Hall of Fame

Pat and Jennifer O'Donnell. Pat, the former head of the Aspen Skiing Co., was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame this year. (Georgia Hanson)

A contingent of Aspenites traveled to the Marriott City Center in Denver recently to honor the 2007 inductees into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.

Inducted this year was John Atkins, former trainer for the U.S. Women’s Alpine Ski Team. During John’s tenure with the team through the 1980s, the U.S. women posted some of their best results in history. His year-round conditioning program and his motivational coaching led to the success of skiers like Christin Cooper and Tamara McKinney.

Another inductee was Renie Gorsuch, a U.S. Women’s Alpine Team member who made her Olympic debut at the 1960 Winter Games in Squaw Valley. While racing on the team, Renie met her future husband, David Gorsuch, and the two made an incredible team that forever changed the face and fashion of Colorado skiing with their Gorsuch stores throughout ski country.

Another inductee was Elli Iselin, who ran the Elli of Aspen boutique that introduced European fashions to America. (Elli’s was later purchased by Gorsuch.)

Another Aspenite inducted was Pat O’Donnell, former chief executive of the Aspen Skiing Company. Pat, a visionary within the ski community, brought an appreciation and understanding that the future of the ski industry relied on its relationship with the natural environment. Pat’s mission was to move the Aspen Skiing Co. to the forefront of the “green” movement.

Yet another inductee was Loris Werner, a member of the famed skiing Werner family of Steamboat Springs. An accomplished ski racer, Loris also played a vital role in the development of the Steamboat Ski Area as ski school director, mountain manager and finally vice president of operations.

Longtime Aspenites who are ailing and would like to hear from friends are Ruth Whyte and Jessie Morss, who are both in Denver. Ruth’s address is Spearly Center, 2205 W. 29th Ave., Denver, CO 80211. Jessie can be reached through her daughter, Kim Morss, 1323 Cherryville Road, Greenwood, CO 80121.

An exhibit of artworks by the late Herbert Bayer is on display at the Payton-Wright Gallery on Palace Avenue in Santa Fe. The exhibit includes big steel sculptures, photographs and paintings.

Undercurrent … My neighborhood on Bleeker Street is changing rapidly. The sweet little Victorian houses are being moved off their sites, with big basements then dug from lot line to lot line. The small houses are later moved back to their sites, and then huge two-story additions are built on the back. They become McVics!

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