This was originally published as a Letter to the Editor in the Aspen Daily News.
I want to congratulate three members of the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard family on their induction into the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame. Chris Davenport, Walt Evans and Dave Stapleton Sr. are all being recognized at the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame induction gala this weekend in Vail.
Davenport is known around the world for his backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering; he was the first to ski all 54 of Colorado’s 14ers and has fueled the backcountry skiing movement. Chris is an AVSC board member, an Audi Ajax Cup race chair, and an enthusiastic AVSC parent. We’re grateful for his contributions in the sport of skiing all over the globe, but especially for the impact that he’s had on children right here in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Evans had a long and successful career in competitive winter sports, including many years in Colorado working with youth — initially as the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s first executive director and finally as Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s director of excellence. In between, he had a long and successful career with the U.S. Ski Association in various leadership positions, including helping build the National Development System. An incredible number of young athletes have benefited from Walt’s dedication to winter sports.
As World Cup Finals illustrated last spring, Aspen is an incredible location for high-level ski races. Stapleton was influential in developing standards for risk management, course design and racer safety in the sport of ski racing. Stapleton was also the first World Cup race official from Aspen; he helped run races here for many years in various leadership roles. Dave served on AVSC’s board for over 20 years, including three as the board president.
Please join me in congratulating Chris, Walt and Dave on this amazing accomplishment. We are grateful for all that you’ve done to advance winter sports by inspiring, motivating and protecting our athletes!
AVSC Executive Director