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Thor B. Groswold

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Thor Groswold Ski Company

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Classic Ski Brands and Manufacturers, 11 May 2012 [cached]
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.
Thor 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, 30 June 2015 [cached]
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.
:: Snowlink ::, 11 Aug 2004 [cached]
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 awarded Thor 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.
Honored Members - U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum, 16 July 2012 [cached]
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. He 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.
Skiing Heritage News, 1 Mar 2004 [cached]
Of the two men elected, Thor Groswold, son of the Denver pioneer ski maker, is a sportsbuilder par excellence, who spent thousands of hours of volunteer time educating, by example and by written rules, the officialdom of the Rocky Mountain Division of the USSA, and who became a major factor in the success of Denver's Winter Park resort, and then became a force behind the successful of the newly established Colorado Ski Hall of Fame.
Thor Groswold
Thor Brandt Groswold was born in 1928, the oldest son of Thor C. Groswold, founder of the Groswold Ski Company in Denver.Thor 's lifelong involvement advanced the sport of skiing in Colorado and across the nation.
He ran his first downhill race on Berthoud Pass at the age of nine and competed throughout his high school years for the Ski Club Zipfelberger.Through his father, he attended many of the early historic events in Colorado skiing.In 1936, he joined his father on a trip to the Highlands Bavarian Lodge near Ashcroft, Colorado, where Andre Roch and others began what would ultimately become in other hands the ski resort of Aspen.In 1939, at eleven, Thor attended openings of Pioneer ski area and the first chairlift in Colorado.
His 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-way 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.
On his return to Denver, he became-and remains-a mainstay of organized skiing in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Division.In 1957, he joined the Board of the Certified Ski Officials Association, an organization responsible for qualifying and supervising ski competition officials.He was named Treasurer in 1958 and Chairman in 1959.He co-authored the nation's first timing manual, and became a certified referee, chief timer and jumping judge.He conducted clinics and examinations that dramatically improved the quality of officiating at meets.
Thor's home area was the Winter Park Resort, where at first he was actively involved in virtually every competitive event held there, including a number of national championships.By the early 1970's, Winter Park had hosted more National Championships-Junior, National Intercollegiate, and Alpine-than any other area in the U.S. and Winter Park's reputation as a host of competitive events rose extremely high and remains so today in part due to Thor's oversight of its standards of excellence.
He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Ski Association from 1972 to 1975, fostering the organization from its earlier days on.He ran the Winter Park Ski Jumping Program from 1967 to 1985, teaching youngsters the sport of ski jumping in a program that provided free instruction and coaching-and produced National, World Cup and Olympic Team Nordic specialists, including the following:
Thor first reached the national stage as a USSA jumping judge in 1967 and then remained as a Technical Delegate for many years.He was named to the USSA Jumping Committee; the Junior Nordic Committee; the USSA Ski Jump Engineering Committee; and Jumping Judges' Committee.His work had such merit he rose to international stature as Chief of Alpine Calculations at the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics.And at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics where he was named Chief Steward for ski jumping.
Thor joined the Winter Park Resort fulltime staff as Finance Manager for the Mary Jane expansion in 1974 and coordinated the largest single ski area expansion undertaken to that point in the United States.That project was completed on time and under budget in December of 1975 and Thor continued as Vice President-Finance and finally as Senior Vice President.He was active in national ski industry affairs for many years and served as a member of the National Ski Areas Association's Economic Study Committee until his retirement in 1987.
In 1981, he joined the Colorado Ski Museum and Ski Hall of Fame as a volunteer helping plan displays and raise funds..Named Chairman from 1983 to 2004 of the museum's Operation and Collections Facilities and oversaw renovation of exhibits that was completed in 1986 He planned the two-year project for relocation of museum to present site, completed in 1991.He developed a five-year exhibit plan for the museum.
He next served as the museum's Treasurer and Vice President and was heavily involved in the design and construction of the renowned Spirit of America's Champions exhibit featured during the 1999 World Championships and the next season displayed at the Joe Quinny building during the 2002 Olympic games in Utah.He has served as Chairman of the museum's Hall of Fame Nominations Review Committee and rewrote the rules for election to the Hall.
He wrote the museum's Collection and Collection Registration and Documentation manual.He was the primary moving force behind the development of the Colorado Ski Museum Resource Center recently opened in Golden.He investigated several possible locations, inventoried all of the artifacts in storage, obtained the lease of and relocated artifacts to the Resource Center space at 13401 W. 43rd Drive in Golden, and then held orientation meetings for the Resource Center volunteers and began the process of cataloging the artifacts as computer data.This unique facility provides storage and working space that will eventually make accessible an enormous collection of the Museum's artifacts and research materials and will serve as a model for future development of other museums.
The Rocky Mountain Ski Association awarded Thor its highest honor, giving him the 1973 Halstead Memorial Trophy.In 1991, he was elected to the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame.The rise of skiing in the Rocky Mountains and in the nation in general and the rise to excellence of the Colorado Ski Museum in particular could hardly have progressed nearly as quickly through their difficult early years without Thor Groswold's leadership, inspiration, dedication and selfless service.
Picabo Street
On the U.S. Ski Team, she was "The Franchise."Picabo Street was one member in the 1990s very likely to give an electrifying performance.She is much more than the popular media's take on her-a cute nickname, "Peekaboo" and a set of fast freckles.She was so fast, it was a joke going around that "Picabo could've finished 1-2-3."She ruled women's World Cup downhill in the mid-1990s and rode an epic determination to win nine World Cups, and two World Cup season titles together with a fistful of Olympic and world championship medals.
Picabo Street had a "need for speed" and a fearless, unquenchable affinity for challenge, Her secret weapon she used to call "my tiger," an internal fire that fueled her gotta-be-first intensity, raising determination to an art form.She won in good snow, she won in bad snow, she won on glider courses and she won on steep downhills.
She was born in the town that parents Stub and Dee fell in love with- a tiny village near Sun Valley: Triumph.Idaho-a good omen for Picabo who was to become the most triumphant downhiller in U.S. history, male or female.
Born on April 3, 1971, with one older brother, she changed her first name for her first passport to match the name of an Indian tribe in southern Idaho whose word "Picabo" meant "Shining waters."
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