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Classic Ski Brands and Manufacturers
Thor Groswold grew up in Norway on skis and is perhaps best known as the manufacturer of Groswold Skis in Denver, Colorado, from late 1932 until the spring of 1952.
was encouraged by friends and associates to begin to manufacture skis.
He formed the Thor Groswold Ski Company in 1932 and started making skis at 38th and Walnut in Denver.
The company was later incorporated as The Groswold Ski Co., Inc.
, and in 1934 was relocated to 1205 Shoshone St. where it operated until 1952 when the plant was closed.
The company was literally started from scratch and as the business grew Thor
developed ski making techniques by trial and error and from the little knowledge he
had brought from the old country.
Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum | Hall of Fame
Other skiers instrumental with the initial opening of the area was Thor Groswold, Sven Wiik, and Charlie Vail.
Sven Wiik and Thor Groswold
, both instrumental in opening Monarch Mountain, are both members of the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame
Thor established the Groswold Ski Company in 1932, and became recognized as the manufacturer of America's finest wood skis.
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The "Class of 2004" includes: Picabo Street, Donna Weinbrecht, Alan Engen, and Thor B. Groswold.
...Thor Brandt Groswold was a mainstay of the pioneer Rocky Mountain skiing, In 1952, he joined the board of the Certified Ski Officials Association becoming Chairman in 1959, co-authoring the division's first timing manual, becoming divisional chief timer and jumping judge.In 1967, he became divisional Jumping Technical Delegate.He was named to the USSA Jumping Judges' Committee and was Chief of Alpine Calculations for the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics.At the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, he was Chief Steward for ski jumping.He
led the Winter Park Ski Jumping Program from 1967 to 1985; The Rocky Mountain Ski Association
its highest honor, the 1973 Halstead Memorial Trophy.In 1981, he was Colorado Ski Museum/Ski Hall of Fame Treasurer and then Vice President and led in establishing its Resource Center in Golden, Colorado.The sport of skiing in the Rocky Mountains owes part of its rapid growth to the leadership, inspiration, dedication and selfless service of Thor Groswold.
Thor B. ...
Thor B. Groswold
Thor B. Groswold began his serious competitive career skiing for Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, in 1947.
For four years, he
was among the region's leading four-event competitors.
After graduating, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a survival instructor, then entered the University of Colorado, School of Engineering and graduated in 1957 as a mechanical engineer.
first reached the national stage as a USSA jumping judge in 1967 and judged for many years.
was named to the USSA
Jumping Committee; the Junior Nordic Committee; the USSA
Ski Jump Engineering Committee; and the Jumping Judges' Committee.
He was a member of the board of directors for the Rocky Mountain Ski Association from 1972-'75, fostering the organization from its early days on.
He oversaw the Winter Park Ski Jumping Program from 1967-'85, teaching youngsters the sport of ski jumping in a program that provided free instruction and coaching.
That program produced national, World Cup and Olympic team Nordic specialists.
In addition, Thor
inspired Nordic competitors to become coaches and national officials.
was instrumental in the development and operation of the Colorado Ski Museum and Hall of Fame
Starting in 1981, he
was heavily involved in museum projects and exhibit design for the next two decades, along with being instrumental in the Colorado Hall of Fame selection process.
Honored Members - U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum
Thor C. Groswold (deceased)
Thor C. Groswold
was a competitive skier in Norway who immigrated to the United States in 1923.
Through the 1920's and 30's he
established himself as a championship skier and also became a top ranking official locally, regionally and nationally.
A pioneer ski manufacturer in America he
was involved in many aspects of ski sport.
His Groswold Ski company
was known across the country supplying skis to Olympic athletes, the 10th Mountain Division and to recreational skiers.
was ever curious and worked constantly to improve skiing equipment.
He was also a co-founder of Arapahoe Ski Basin and instigated the founding of Berthoud Pass and Winter Park in Colorado.