Dave Crisler, Steamboat Resort

From left: Dave Crisler is congratulated by his wife, Marti Irish; Dave Hunter, Steamboat Resort's vice president of mountain operations; Steve West, snowmaking systems engineer for Steamboat Resort; and Billy Kidd, the resort's director of skiing.

After 50 years on the slope, Dave Crisler's career reached its peak last week when he received a lifetime achievement award from Colorado Ski Country USA.

Crisler spent the last 24 years as director of slope maintenance after joining Steamboat Resort on lift operations in 1969.

He was elected by a 25-member committee during the 39th annual Colorado Ski Country USA Snow Conference in Grand Junction last week.

The commendation is called the Snow Conference Lifetime Achievement Award. It's given for contributions, dedication and service to the profession and the ski industry.

“Congratulations to Dave on a storied and successfully career,” Melanie Mills, president and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA, said in a statement.

“This lifetime achievement award reflects his commitment to his profession, mentorship and management of his department and younger team members, and dedication to providing an excellent guest experience. We wish him well in retirement.”

Colorado Ski Country USA is the trade group for 23 of the state's resorts. 

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