Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
Howard Head 1914-1991
Inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame 1992
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In the late 1940's, as an aircraft engineer and amateur skier, Howard found himself frustrated with the wooden skis of the era and set out to make a better world for skiers. He rented shop space in Baltimore, Maryland and produced an aluminum ski sandwiched around a core of honeycomb plastic. With Howard's skill and tenacity, that ski evolved into a triumph of performance and durability.
Howard devoted much time and energy to Colorado's ski world. He was an early investor in Vail, where his efforts and financial backing established the Howard Head Sports Medicine Center in 1987. His residence in Vail Village stood at the base of the International Runs. One of those runs in now named "Head First", honoring the man whose creativity made skiing a delightful experience for thousands.