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Locals to enter Hall of Fame

Tim Mutrie

Aspenites Kiki Cutter and Whip Jones will be inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame during a ceremony in October.

Christina “Kiki” Cutter, a native of Bend, Ore., was the first American ski racer – male or female – to win a World Cup ski race. She was also a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 1968.

Cutter is also a member of the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame, and is regarded as one of America’s greatest female athletes, as well as one of the country’s finest ski racers.

In 1994, Ski Racing Magazine named Cutter to its 25th anniversary “Dream Team,” based on her 20-year reign as the top U.S. skier in World Cup competitions.

Cutter has also been an ambassador for the sport, promoting skiing through her World Cup Ski Racing Scholarship Program for young racers, the Rossignol Women’s Ski Seminars, and her newly established “Aspen – The Spirit of Skiing” events, which raise money for cancer research.

Whipple “Whip” Van Ness Jones is considered by many familiar with skiing and Colorado as one of the state’s true visionaries.

As the original developer and owner of the Aspen Highlands Resort, Jones helped Highlands to become one of the four nationally-renowned ski areas in Aspen and an integral part of the local skiing experience.

Jones first came to Aspen in 1947 for a ski vacation, and the trip apparently left a lasting impression on him.

He opened Highlands with three lifts, attracting employees by offering affordable housing on Main Street at boys and girls dorms.

When asked what it means to be in the ski business, Jones was quoted as saying: “When you are skiing, you see a business growing. It’s great. I don’t know any other business that you could enjoy as much as this one.”

The Colorado Ski Hall of Fame’s 24th annual induction ceremony will be held Oct. 20 at the Westin Westminster Hotel in Denver. Cutter and Jones – along with fellow inductees Bob Beverly, a Colorado skiing pioneer; Andy Daly, current president of Vail Resorts; and Marjorie “Marnie” Jump, creator of the first disabled ski program in the state – will join 129 previous inductees into the Hall of Fame.

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