Max Marolt - Athlete - 2003

Max Marolt, a member of one of Colorado’s great skiing families, joined brother Bill in the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame. He was a native Aspenite whose commitment to Colorado skiing has spanned more than 60 years. He found his ski legs early in life.  One of his early memories was skiing at night on lower Roch Run with lights and music. The town remembers him soaring off the old mine dumps on Ajax Mountain. Racing was natural for him and he competed throughout his teen years.  From 1954 to 1960, Max was a member of the U.S. Ski Team. He raced in the 1958 FIS championships in Austria and won a place on the 1960 U.S. Olympic Team at Squaw Valley. That same year, he responded to a dare by skiing off a rocky face near the present Alyeska ski area in Alaska. That was before extreme skiing became de rigueur. The peak was later named Max’s Mountain.  After the Olympics, Max turned his focus to the fledgling Professional Ski racing tour, then began 40 years of ski industry service by creating the west’s first regional ski repair and service center in Aspen. Max’s Run at Snowmass commemorates his ongoing contribution to the Aspen ski world.   (Deceased)