November 12, 2012
Former Steamboat Ski Area President Hans Geier, from left, the late ski area pioneer John Fetcher, center, and former ski area public relations director Rod Hanna celebrate the ski area’s 21st birthday in 1984, with a symbolic coming-of-age glass of Champagne. Geier has been named to the 2012 class of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
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Under Geier's leadership, Steamboat established its airline flight program and built the world’s first eight-passenger gondola when some said it wasn’t practical.