Tiger Tracker: Dennis Grieve
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Dennis Grieve graduated from Summit High School in 1981. His father, Dan Grieve, was in charge of maintenance for both Keystone and Arapahoe Basin from the early 1970s to the late 1980s, and his mother, Winnie, worked at City Market in Silverthorne. His sister, Heidi, and his brother, Chuck, also went to Summit High.
After graduation, Grieve opened up a guide and outfitting business in Summit County and then another one in Aspen. He and his wife, Gita, now live in Salmon, Idaho, where they run Salmon River Innovations together. Five years ago, Grieve invented a centrifugal force air-induction chamber – the Air Filter Blaster – that he said saves millions of gallons of fuel, as well as water, each year in the United States. His invention was voted one of the top-10 most innovative products of 2011 at the World AG show in Tulare, Calif. He is now going worldwide with the blaster.
Grieve said that growing up in Summit was the greatest. He loved to ski, hunt, hike, fish and observe wildlife.
“Being able to snowmobile from Dillon to Breckenridge just to go out to dinner was awesome!” he said.
Grieve said his season pass only cost him $5 when he lived here since his dad worked for Keystone.
“It cost more for a burger than it did for the season pass,” he said.
Grieve lived in Dillon Valley, and said one of his favorite memories was helping people put chains on their cars – when the chain law was in effect for the tunnel – with his buddy Bob Baber. He said they didn’t ask for money, but they always made a ton of tips since they were just offering to help.
“People in Summit were always more than happy to help out as well as join in on the fun,” he said. “We did plenty of both.”
Grieve said he wouldn’t be where he is today without his faith.
“In life, I would have to say that timing is not everything, and that prayer will always take you further and be more dependable than luck,” he said.
More information about Grieve’s invention can be found at http://www.airfilterblaster.com.
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