George G. Engel - Sport Builder - 1987

In 1945, a 23-year-old skiing enthusiast named George Engel visited Winter Park on a ski vacation. One year later he returned to begin one of Winter Park's longest and most successful personal stories. First employed at Winter Park as a ski patrolman, by 1948 George was operating the Winter Park Ski School, which he owned until its sale to the ski area in 1982. He was instrumental in the advancement of American ski instructor's organizations, serving as president of the region's professional association for 10 years. With his wife, Joyce, he owned and operated the Winter Park Ski Shop from 1946 to 1998. The two organized many social, cultural, and fundraising events for the community. The dedication of a ski trail in 1964 and his induction into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 1987, recognize George Engel's continuous personal commitment to skiing and this community.  (Deceased)