Former Steamboat Ski Area president to be inducted into Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame
June 22, 2017
Even in retirement, the former president of Steamboat Ski Area cannot seem to get away from the industry.
The accolades keep coming, and in October, Chris Diamond will be inducted into the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame.
"It's a real honor that they’re recognizing a long career," said Diamond, who still calls Steamboat Springs home. "I arrived (in Colorado) mid-career, but they are honoring me nonetheless."
Diamond retired in June 2015 after a 17-year run as the president of the ski area.
He started in the ski business as assistant to the president of Killington Ski Resort in 1972 and spent the majority of his career in the Northeast.
In May 2013, Diamond was presented with National Ski Area Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, the industry’s highest honor, for his contributions to the ski and snowboard industry.
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Diamond will be inducted into the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame during a gala Oct. 14 at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort. He is among four others inductees who represent athletes, sport builders, people who inspire and pioneers.
Diamond will be joined by Chris Davenport, who is credited with contributing to the increased popularity of backcountry skiing. In 2007, Davenport became the first person to ski all 54 of Colorado's 14,000 peaks in one year.
Other inductees include:
• Diane Boyer who has worked to promote skiing for women through her company SKEA. She has also been heavily involved in SnowSports Industries America and served as the first female SIA chairwoman.
• Walt Evans who served as executive director of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club from 1978 to 1983. Evans has been involved in ski racing for 46 years.
• Dave Stapleton who produced premier international competitions at Colorado ski resorts. He is credited with standardizing Alpine courses to make sure they are safe for competitors.
Diamond and the other inductees were voted into the Hall of Fame by a 140-member voting panel.
There were 15 nominees, including Lonny Vanatta, a Steamboat Alpine skier who won many podiums competing on the World Pro Skiing Tour in the 1980s.
These days, Diamond is spending as much time as possible on his bike. He also self-published "Ski Inc." in December.
"People keep asking me if I'm going to do a follow-up because of everything that's happening in the industry," Diamond said.
The book received an award in April from the International Skiing History Association, and it helped his consulting business.
Last July, he was on the road almost constantly helping negotiate a deal when CNL Lifestyle Properties sold its 15 waterparks and amusement parks and 14 ski resorts.
"I've almost been busier than I wanted," Diamond said.