Paul Testwuide - Sport Builder - 2012
In 1960, Paul Testwuide moved to Colorado from Wisconsin to pursue a love for skiing and the environment. He spent his early years in the ski industry in Breckenridge and moved to Vail in 1963. By 1974, Testwuide was the Vail Ski Patrol Director and worked to develop procedures for lift and gondola evacuation, avalanche routes, explosives handling, communications, and medical protocols, which are still in use today. Testwuide’s career spanned from 1960 to 2006; he ultimately became the Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for Vail and Beaver Creek. Testwuide was responsible for the planning and development of Vail, Beaver Creek, and Arrowhead during a time of explosive growth for Vail Resorts. He secured water rights for snowmaking and many local communities, which became a model for the rest of the Colorado ski and snowboard industry to follow, and managed many of the large expansions of Vail and Beaver Creek, ending his career with the development of Blue Sky Basin. An instrumental figure at Vail Resorts, Testwuide's efforts ensured the best in safety, guest services, and the preservation of the future of skiing and snowboarding.