Chris Diamond honored by Colorado Ski Country USA
A pair of ski industry veterans from the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., along with a young ski jumper from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club whose career is on a lofty trajectory, were among nine people honored with “Double Diamond” awards June 12 at the Colorado Ski Country USA annual meeting in Boulder.
At the top of the list was retiring Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. President and Chief Operating Officer Chris Diamond, who joined Monarch Mountain General Manager Rich Moorhead in receiving a Chairman’s Award. Both were longtime members of the board of Colorado Ski Country.
Diamond grew up skiing occasionally with a cousin in Massachusetts before launching a career in ski area management at Killington, Vermont, coming to Steamboat in 1999.
Copper Mountain CEO and COO Chris Rodgers praised Diamond for navigating the tumultuous years of American Skiing Company ownership of the Steamboat Ski Area, as well as for earning a reputation for the collaborative relationships between the ski area and the community of Steamboat.
Also recognized as Ski Instructor of the Year was Trish O’Connell, a versatile 30-year veteran of the SnowSports School at Steamboat, where she consistently ranks among the resort’s top instructors in terms of hours, lesson requests and return students.
“Where Trish goes, fun and learning follow, as seen by all the smiles that paint her guests’ faces,” Nelson Wingard, director of the SnowSports School at Steamboat, was quoted saying. “She radiates an infectious enthusiasm and positive energy about herself and leads by example.”
The third award winner from Steamboat went to 17-year-old Logan Sankey, who brought home the Spencer Nelson All-Star Athlete of the Year award. In her first year in the sport of ski jumping, Sankey rose quickly to place 11th and 16th in her first Continental Cup events in Sweden and qualified for the Junior World Championships, earning her a spot on the U.S. Women’s Ski Jumping Team.
“Logan’s explosive emergence into the sport of ski jumping stunned everyone, and she’s only getting started,” Karl Denney, her coach at the Winter Sports Club, said. “Her unstoppable drive and awesome attitude will surely take her farther than she could have imagined. She represents the best of our club and our sport, and we are proud to call her one of our own.”
Other award winners included: Ski patroller of the year, R. Louis Skowyra III, Arapahoe Basin; groomer of the year, Patrick Torsell, Ski Cooper; Terrain Master of the year (night crew), Chris Branstetter, Snowmass; Terrain Master of the Year (day crew) Tyler Reynolds, Snowmass and Snow maker of the year Emily Barker, Vail Mountain.
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