Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
Ed Couch 1906-1985
Inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame 1984
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Ed was born in 1906 at the home of his grandparents in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and returned home to Colorado at the age of six months. He began skiing at a very early age, on mail order skis from Montgomery Ward.
In 1913, after a record snowstorm that paralyzed travel in his home town, Ed's father made a pair of white pine skis for himself to enable him to get food to the horses and cows on the ranch. The success of the skis was great, and Ed and his brother soon had their mail order skis. Skiing was not only fun but functional, since they often skied to school, learning to turn through the pines surrounding the town. When the family moved to Dillon in 1915, skiing was already a way of life with the children there and he happily joined in.
In 1919, Peter Prestrud built the first ski jump in Summit County at the foot of Lake Hill in Dillon. Under Prestrud's tutelage, Ed learned the rudiments of ski jumping. Representing the Denver Ski Club and then Denver University, Ed placed or won in major ski meets from 1923-29.
Among Ed's contributions to competitive ski jumping are creating, chairing and serving on numerous ski hill engineering committees for the National Ski Association, both at the regional and national levels; serving as a certified national jumping judge; and preparing design plans for more than 150 ski jumps across the country, including several in Colorado. Ed is truly one of Colorado's early ski pioneers, and has continued to serve the sport throughout his lifetime in many capacities. He was elected to the National Ski Hall of Fame in 1976.