TeamAVSC Blog

Remembering David Stapleton

December 17, 2020
Dear Friends of AVSC,
Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club lost a beloved friend and pioneer last week with the passing of David Stapleton, Sr.
David was a visionary. His steadfast leadership and volunteerism helped not only Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club progress, but the sport of alpine ski racing progress both on a national and international basis. David's relationship with AVSC started in 1945, when he joined the team as a young alpine racer. This relationship flourished throughout the course of his life as he became an AVSC parent and eventually a member of the Board of Directors, serving as President from 1972-75.
His impact in the ski community extends far beyond our valley. A Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame member, David's legacy includes being the first World Cup race official from Aspen in addition to being an instrumental figure in advancing safety measures and risk management in alpine skiing. He enthusiastically brought Aspen to the global ski racing community and vice versa. Many of the measures that are commonplace today and are incredibly effective at keeping racers safe on the mountain, such as safety nets lining a race course, were implemented by David. The Aspen Times and Stapleton family did a phenomenal job highlighting David's impressive tenure as a leader in alpine ski racing here.
A beloved AVSC alum, veteran, community leader, husband to Sigrid, and father to Kim, Dave Jr, Dean, Stefanie, and Dash, David will be greatly missed and remembered fondly for the thoughtful, gregarious, and tenacious manner in which he built relationships, dedicated himself to the causes he believed in, and left an impact on the communities he cared about. We are immensely grateful to have been shaped by him; AVSC is undoubtedly a better place because of David.
All the best,

Mark Godomsky 
Executive Director 
Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club
David, right, at the 1963 Roch Cup (Photo by Ruth Whyte via Aspen Historical Society)