Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
Frank Bulkley 1914
Inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame 1978
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It was a snowstorm that frustrated Frank in his job of selling flying lessons one day in 1939 and inspired a visit to a private school run by an aunt. There he talked the students into trying skiing, and thus was born Denver's famous Eskimo Ski Club, and Frank's career.
The process of getting city youngsters to Winter Park led to Frank's founding of the ski school there and his selling the Denver and Salt Lake Railroad on the idea of a ski train (he was then named Winter Sports Promotion Agent for the railroad). Frank rode the ski train, which was continued by the D&RGW, every weekend for 26 years, with an exception only for his wedding.
After serving in the 87th Infantry during WW II, Frank resumed his involvement with the Eskimos and then began a ski shop which was the first in Denver to offer season rentals. By the time of his induction into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 1978, his unique ski club could boast over 25,000 "graduates".