Leon Wilmot - 1997

Leon C. Wilmot, better know as Wil, was very instrumental in the development of Ski Broadmoor and of snow making, plus a children's ski program. Wil, born in Massachusetts, grew up in Vermont, where he learned to ski. He headed west for the Colorado School of Mines, but was sidetracked to Columbia University.   After entering the Army, he decided he wanted to become a ski trooper, hence his involvement with the 10th Mountain Division and afterward with the Mountain and Cold Weather Training Command at Fort Carson.   He later became sports director at the Broadmoor and remained there for 33 years. The Broadmoor opened with day and night skiing in 1959. He not only ran Ski Broadmoor but was also Executive Director of the World Figure Skating Championships, was involved with World Cup Ice Hockey, was President of the Rocky Mountain Ski Area Operations Association, and a Vice-President of the United States Ski Association, along with serving on numerous other committees.   Leon is a recipient of the Halstead Memorial Award from the Rocky Mountain Ski Association. (Deceased)