Gerald Groswold (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1986
Born: June 14, 1931 Denver, Colorado
Died: November 26, 2015 Denver, Colorado
Groswold was a first-class competitor in his younger years. He had an enviable record in downhill and jumping competition, which began at the Hot Sulphur Spings Winter Carnival in 1938. In 1949, as a high school senior, he competed on a fourman team representing Colorado at the Western States Championships held at Sun Valley. The team place first and Groswold took fourth overall in the combined (downhill, slalom, and jumping). As a member of the Western State College team, he became the Southern Rocky Mountain Division giant slalom champion in 1950.
In 1959, he was elected to the Winter Park Board of Trustees, becoming chairman of the board in 1969. He was named president and CEO of Winter Park in 1975. Under Groswald’s guidance, many innovations were initiated at Winter Park, but none more important than the program for handicapped skiers. Winter Park, under the direction of Groswold, opened the doors to the world of skiing for those with disabilities on a scale never imagined at the program’s beginning, and has given countless thousands the thrill of skiing.