When did the Vail ski area first open?
There is a connection between Hannes Schneider coming to North Conway and the creation of the Vail ski resort. You get many bonus points if you identify that connection.
Vail opened in 1962. Pete Seibert, one of the two founders of Vail, was a 10th Mtn Division member who trained at Camp Hale, near Leadville, CO (near the current ski area known as Ski Cooper). I’m sure he trained with Herbert Schneider, who was also a 10th Mtn member, and I would guess that they trained in Colorado under the Ski-Meister himself, Hannes Schneider. Hannes was clearly the pre-eminent ski instructor of that time.
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