Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame to induct former Steamboat exec Chris Diamond
October 3, 2017
VAIL — One of the most important annual celebrations of the state’s snowsports industry, the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame Induction Gala is a unique opportunity to meet, mix and mingle with the men and women who have shaped the Colorado ski and snowboard industry.
In conjunction with the Hall of Fame induction on Saturday, Oct. 14, the Colorado Snowsports Museum this week will be profiling the five members of the Class of 2017.
Since retiring from his role as president and chief operating officer of Steamboat Ski Resort in 2015, Chris Diamond has transitioned from running a major Colorado ski area to writing about it. His new book, “Ski Inc.,” provides a candid and colorful behind-the-scenes view of what it takes to manage a successful resort in a constantly changing industry.
Diamond began his ski industry career in 1972 at Killington, Vermont, serving as the assistant to the president. He rose through the ranks and moved to Steamboat Springs in 1999 to lead the resort as president and chief operating officer.
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Since his first day on the job, Diamond led the resort through challenges and successes, parlaying one of the strongest brands in the destination industry into a new generation of year-round resorts.
He retired in 2015 following decades of helping promote the industry, including serving as past chairman of the National Ski Areas Association, along with a similar role with Colorado Ski Country USA for six years. Diamond was recognized by the National Ski Areas Association for his accomplishments when he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.
During his time in Steamboat Springs, he guided the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. to donate more than $1 million annually to support arts and culture, education, the environment, health and human services and recreation throughout the community, supporting organizations that span the spectrum from local youth mentoring to the United Way to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
He led the resort and the entire community into an era of unmatched service excellence with both the guests and staff, earning the highest Net Promoter Score index numbers in the industry, while helping to implement the program at businesses throughout Steamboat Springs.