Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
Peter Prestrud 1883-1976
Inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame 1978
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Peter, a native of Hamar, Norway, settled in Frisco, Colorado, in 1910. In the process of becoming postmaster two years later, he and some friends built one of the state's first ski jumps on nearby TenmileCreek for weekend recreation. Thus began a long series of jumping enterprises that benefited from his direction and encouragement that include Inspiration Point in Denver; Genesee Mt., Idaho Springs; Allen's Park, Breckenridge; Leadville; Homewood Park; Pike's Peak; Estes Park and others.
A close friend of Carl Howelsen and an enthusiastic competitor, he once skied 55 miles across Ute Pass to participate in a meet a Hot Sulphur Springs. He was Colorado Amateur Jumping Champion in 1921.
The ski jump at Dillon, one of the state's best, was renamed Prestrud Hill in 1954. It is now under the waters of Dillon Reservoir.