Colorado Ski Country Honors Snowmaker and Groomer of the Year


Denver, CO April 17, 2002 (CSCUSA Press Release)--Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) recently announced the winners of two awards for excellent service and dedication to the Colorado ski industry. Mark Voegeli from Crested Butte Mountain Resort was recognized as the 2001-2002 Snowmaker of the Year and Walt Valdez from Beaver Creek was recognized as the 2001-2002 Slope Groomer of the Year.

Snowmaker of the Year
Mark Voegeli has worked at Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) for ten seasons and is a Foreman in both the Snowmaking and Slope Grooming Departments. "Mark's knowledge of the snowmaking system make him an indispensable asset to CBMR," said Dale Massey, Director of Snowmaking and Slope Grooming for CBMR. "He consistently manages the system, his crew and the peak power situations with efficiency and productions as his priorities." Mark was known this year for taking on ownership of the parks and pipe at CBMR. Not only did he lay out the area prior to making snow, he managed the entire snowmaking and grooming process and, according to Massey, the result was the best product produced to date.

Slopegroomer of the Year
Walt Valdez has been operating snowcats at Beaver Creek since 1987. He rose quickly in the ranks with ability and skill. He became a lead operator and was promoted to Foreman in 1996. Walt was a major player in two World Alpine Championships and many other World Cup races and special events. "Walt's two biggest assets to this department are his knowledge of the mountain and his attention to training new operators," said Jim Roberts, Director of Mountain Operations for Beaver Creek. "His passion and enthusiasm for the product and for grooming is infectious." Walt is also known for his guest service. He can often be seen stopping and talking to guests, offering cats rides to parents and children.

"We are very happy to honor these two individuals who make such a difference behind the scenes," said David Perry, President and CEO of CSCUSA. "Colorado's slopes are the best anywhere to ski and ride because of their hard work and dedication."

The winners were nominated by their peers and chosen from a set of finalists who exhibit dedication and leadership in the snowmaking and slope grooming fields. They were recognized at the 22nd Annual Snowmaking and Slope Maintenance Conference and Trade Show in Grand Junction, Colo. last week. The conference offers snowmakers and slope groomers an opportunity to attend educational lectures and hands-on classes specifically geared toward their occupations.

Colorado Ski Country USA is the non-profit, trade organization representing Colorado's 23 ski and snowboard resorts. For more information about CSCUSA, check out their website at