Hey, Spike! celebrates the 90th with Frank Walter | SummitDaily.com

Hey, Spike! celebrates the 90th with Frank Walter

Miles F. Porter IV
special to the daily

Special to the Daily

Intending no disrespect to Charlie Alexander and Rainer Hertrich, but they’re no Frank Walter.

But quite likely, Charlie and Rainer hope to be some day – along with most of us.

All three are skiers extraordinaire, racking of millions of vertical feet, over days and years, all noted in their logbooks.

Summit resident Charlie is 63 and topped Vail’s EpicMix Pass monster roster last season for the most vertical skied.

Copper Mountain resident Rainer is 62, and until last year, had skied every day for a little more than eight years.

But Frank is 90, and chomping at the bit to get started on Copper’s opening day, Nov. 2.

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With 40 years under his (seat) belt at Chrysler, topping out as the engineering senior vice president, the long-retired all-around nice guy celebrated his 90th birthday Monday with a party at Copper.

Here are some of Frank’s numbers:

A resort resident since the ’80s, this summer he played golf at Copper Creek for 60 days.

Last ski season, he racked up 2.2 million vertical feet in159 days; his high a few years back was little over 7 million.

The other day, on his 90th, he zip-lined over at Wolcott with family members.

The zip attendant, finishing up the cinching of Frank’s apparatus, asked if it was okay?

All Frank heard was “okay,” and pushed off, only to be pulled right back, since he wasn’t clipped on yet, and then sent zipping away in proper fashion.

“I loved it,” he says with a broad smile. “I’d go again.”

Explaining his longevity, Frank says, “The best thing I ever did was select my parents. They snowed-skied, water-skied and sailed into their 90s – always very active and set a great example on how to maintain a good healthy life style.”

Frank’s dad died at 92; mom at 101.

And following their dad’s and grandparents’ active lifestyles are these offspring who were here to help him celebrate:

Son Larry, a frequent visitor here, and the director of Regatta Gear Yachting Apparel out in Newport Beach, Calif., where he races his 40-foot sloop. His slip neighbor for many years was dad’s now-gone 41-foot Hershine trawler, when Frank decided to concentrate on his golf game as two boats became a bit too much.

Then there are daughters Joy Stivaletta of Sausalito, and Gay Whalen of Boston, who came with husband, Michael, and children Brooke, Cody and Ashley.

Among others attending:

Tom and Diane Malmgren, Ray and Pooh Bishop, Karen and “Stinky” Steinbrink, Vi Effinger, Dick and Pat Jacqulin, Dale and Cheryl Holland, Ruth and Marty Hertzberg, Dave Steele, Joan McLaughlin, Jennifer Walker, Mike Miller, Carmen Yonn, Gil Malmgren, Cindy Lundquist, Bob Hartzell and John Girolimo.


With sadness we follow up on the passing of two community stalwarts in recent days.

Countywide, Frisco resident Don Peterson, an owner in Summit Gold, and served as county commissioner and town councilman, succumbed to a variety of ailments at age 80.

Also, Don was a pioneering honcho at Copper Mountain Resort, holding the unique distinction of employee #3.

A longtime and close friend of ours at 30-plus years, we know you’ll find him on the golf links of heaven, shooting par.

Another loss is that of Kim Abernathy’s mother, Florence Helen Birge Mosher, at age 90.

Kim and husband Greg own Lone Star Sports in Breckenridge.


Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is

an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com.

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