W. Edward Sharp - Sport Builder - 1996


Hall
Ed Sharp, a civic leader from Monte Vista, had a vision, which he turned into Wolf Creek Ski Area, dedicating his earlier years to the development of a small family ski area in southwestern Colorado.  After skiing around the area for fifteen years, he and some friends got the initial idea for expanding the ski area on Wolf Creek Pass, which at that time, had a rope tow 150 yards long.  With his engineering background, friends, family members and the local ski club with lots of muscle, borrowed trucks, snow cats, tractors and determination, they launched a bond drive to raise the necessary funds. He held public meetings throughout the area and approached the valley Chambers of Commerce for monetary assistance. Bonds were sold for $25 each. They even sold a block of shares, $500 worth, to Adolph Coors.  Ed stated in a board of director’s report, “We spent very little money...freight from New York, materials for the tower foundations, and a gasoline motor. Volunteers surveyed, picked up the tow in Walsenburg, and the motor from Denver. We cleaned up the debris, dug the foundations for the towers, hauled cement to the tower spots, assembled and erected the tow, and finished the logging for the tow site, because the original lumbermen quit the job before it was finished. We borrowed seven to ten caterpillar tractors from farmers to move towers. The instructions were partly in French, so we had to do our own figuring on the tower construction.”  (Deceased)