Dailey accepts award at Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame gala
October 6, 2016
On Oct. 1 Don Dailey accepted the award for the Hot Sulphur Springs Winter Sports Club for the Top of the Hill Award at the 2016 Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame Gala in Vail.
“Anyone who has a chance should attend an event like this,” Dailey said. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The camaraderie is just great and you meet people in the ski industry.”
This is his speech he delivered at the Hall of Fame Gala in Vail:
Greetings. Thank you Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame for selecting the Hot Sulphur Springs Winter Sports Club for the Top of the Hill Award.
The club was established on October 23, 1911 by Swiss immigrant John Peyer and 25 members. Owing to Mr. Peyer’s response to a Middle Park Times editorial. Igniting enthusiasm to host Colorado’s first winter carnival on New Year’s weekend. Taking notice were two Norwegian immigrants, Carl Howelsen and Angell Schmidt. They boarded a train in Denver, with others bound for the winter carnival on December 29. At Rollins Pass-Corona Station, Howelsen and Schmidt disembarked and skied 44 miles in 9 hours to Hot Sulphur Springs. Sled events opened the carnival. At a Grand Ball closing ceremony, the Norwegian celebrities were introduced. As a bonus, the audience was invited to gather at noon the next day for a demonstration of ski techniques. Cross country, downhill, and jumping.
February 10, 11 and 12, 1912 was set aside for the First Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi River and the Annual Hot Sulphur Springs Winter Sports Club Carnival.
The technical innovations of the Hot Sulphur Springs Winter Sports Club include; the first winter sports club in Colorado, first in winter tourism, the original Colorado Ski Train destination, the birthplace of Colorado’s skiing industry, the first to debut skijoring in the United States. And the first Colorado winter carnival filmed and shown across American movie screens.
Three Grand County natives were members of the Hot Sulphur Springs Winter Sports Club who are enshrined in the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame. They are: Horace Button-All American Skier, Jim Harsh-Colorado’s first U.S. Nordic Combined Olympian, and Barney McLean. I opine that John Peyer join Horace, Jim, Barney, and Carl Howelsen here in Vail.
Speaking of Grand County, this ski season Amtrak presents the Winter Park Express.
Upon our skis, Lord, You bless us. Thank you.