Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame

Robert W. Parker 1922
Inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame 1980
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Versatility is the word that best describes both the background and the character of Bob's contributions to Colorado skiing.

A Midwesterner by birth, Bob first donned skis in New York State in 1936 and was a member of the freshman team at St. Lawrence University before enlisting in the Army in 1942. After basic training at Camp Hale, he served as an intelligence scout for the 87th Mountain Regiment.

The post-war era saw the addition to Bob's experience of service as a guide at Mt. Rainier, membership on the first professional ski patrol at Aspen, a Pacific Northwest downhill championship, and a degree in journalism. On to Europe then for studies in French and ski-instruction, and for another four years with the military, during which he became slalom champion of US Forces in Austria. In 1955 he joined the staff of SKIING magazine and served as its editor from 1956-62.

Bob resigned to become Publicity Director for Vail Associates and is now (1980) Senior vice-president of Operations. During this period he helped to create Colorado Ski Country USA and Ski the Rockies, and also steered the new ski area of Beaver Creek to final approval and ground-breaking. As chairman of Vail's Centennial -- Bi-centennial Committee, he was principal founder of the Colorado Ski Museum.

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