Kingsbury Pitcher - Pioneer - 2014

Pitcher and his family acquired property and moved to Aspen in 1951, where he joined Friedl Pfeiffer and Fred Iselin as a ski instructor. He later became ski school supervisor and was one of the first certified instructors in the Rocky Mountain Ski Instructors Association. In 1957, Pitcher was informally commissioned to look into a location for a major new ski resort in Colorado and was involved in the planning of Snowmass from 1958 to 1960. Pitcher acquired an interest in Buttermilk Mountain, which was later sold to Aspen Skiing Company, and he was involved in the planning and development of Arrowhead (now connected to Beaver Creek) and potential ski properties near Telluride. He also scouted locations for new ski areas and ski terrain from Vermont to Oregon and revived the struggling Santa Fe Ski Basin (now Ski Santa Fe). Pitcher purchased Wolf Creek ski area in the late 1970s, an iconic southern Colorado resort still owned by the Pitcher family and operated today by one of Pitcher’s six children, Davey, with Pitch still serving as a consultant. “Pitch has been a visionary for skiing in Colorado and around the country,” said Colorado Ski Country USA President and CEO Melanie Mills. “His ability to envision ski areas where none existed and to help bring many of those visions to reality, including Snowmass, makes him a true sport builder.”  (Deceased)