Published: Dec. 1, 2015

Mountains and skiing graphic

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Over decades CU-Boulder has earned a supreme reputation in skiing, starting with its first national championship, in 1959. In 1964 Billy Kidd (Econ’69) and Jimmie Heuga (PolSci’73) became the first American men to win Olympic medals in the Alpine sport, a silver and bronze in the slalom. Time and again the university has reaffirmed its prowess on the slopes, winning 20 NCAA skiing championships, most recently last year.

But CU’s contribution to the sport extends beyond athletic feats: Countless alumni are big wheels in almost every aspect of the business and culture of skiing. Here we highlight a tiny sample.

= Known for
= First Job in Ski Industry

Bill Marolt

Bill Marolt (Mktg'67)

Former chief executive of U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association; coach of U.S. national and CU-Boulder ski teams; CU-Boulder athletic director; four-time NCAA skiing champion

Head ski coach, CU-Boulder

Michael Kaplan

Michael Kaplan (IntlAf'86)

President and CEO, Aspen Skiing Company

Ski instructor

Nicky DeFord

Nicky DeFord (Jour'99)

Director of community engagement, Vail Resorts

Communication assistant, Vail Mountain

Chris Davenport

Chris Davenport (Hist'93)

Extreme skier; Hiked up, skied down Colorado's 100 highest peaks

Race crew at Snowmass

Chris Jarnot

Chris Jarnot (Bus'89)

Executive vice president and chief operating officer, Vail Mountain

Guest services at Beaver Creek

Seth Masia

Seth Masia (MJour'07)

President, International Skiing History Association

Ski shop in Cleveland

Rod Slifer

Rod Slifer (Bus'56)

Former mayor of Vail who was instrumental in its development as a major ski resort

Ski instructor, Aspen Ski School, 1960

Keri Bascetta (Art'08)

Director of photography, SKI and Skiing magazines

Assistant photo editor, SKI Magazine

Billy Kidd (Econ'69)

First American man to win an Olympic medal in Alpine skiing (1964, with Heuga); now director of skiing, Steamboat Ski & Resort

Ski shop in Stowe, Vt.

Michael Jaquet (Jour'93)

Chief marketing officer, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association

Founder of Freeze magazine and the U.S. Freeskiing Open (with Jarnot)