Skiing history |

Skiing history

The history of skiing and of the local resorts is fascinating and important to preserve. Much of that history is still with us in our friends and neighbors so we need to cherish it while we can.

Keystone may be busy with its evolution to become a hip place, but not to be overlooked is the effort to salute its founders. Last fall, Keystone honored the original visionary, Max Dercum, by naming the frontside mountain Dercum Mountain.

Max and Edna Dercum are legends in their own time because of the fine people they are and the community they helped build.

Max, all 91 years of him, is working on preserving history himself, working an array of computers and videotapes to preserve old ski footage.

This past Monday, on co-founder Bill Bergman’s 80th birthday, Little Bowl in Keystone’s new inbounds backcountry was renamed Bergman Bowl.

Bill, who organized financing for Max Dercum’s dream of a new ski hill, enjoyed a powder run down his namesake, even taking a digger to make sure it tasted OK. We’re sure it did.

Another piece of skiing history, Copper Mountain’s Clif Taylor, 81, is still on the scene marveling at how short skis are becoming.

“Deja vu 43 years later,” he wrote us last week, enclosing another newspaper clipping about the “new” popularity of short skis. In the 1960s, Taylor was an evangelist for using short skis to teach people how to ski well.

We, too, salute our pioneer skiers. Thanks for a job well done.

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