Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
George Engel - 1920
Inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame 1987
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George arrived in Winter Park in 1945 and became the first paid ski patrolman. He also worked as a lift operator and on-slope maintenance.
George holds pin #12 from the Rocky Mountain Ski Instructors Association and was chief examiner for the Southern Rocky Mountain Ski Instructors Association in the mid-50's. In 1960, George was one of three on the steering committee that formed the Professional Ski Instructors Association.
In 1968, with the cooperation of the Denver Children's Hospital, he was instrumental in the experimental amputee ski program at Winter Park, which evolved into the largest handicap program in America. He was Director of the Winter Park Ski School from 1946-1982, and directed many programs including the Eskimo Club, one of the largest children's programs in the country, and was involved with coaching the National Handicap Ski Team.
The Winter Park ski trail "Engeldive" honors his contributions to skiing and to Winter Park.