Group honors contributions 
to Colorado’s skiing industry

Peter Rietz, a Denver-based attorney who is a past president and founding board member of the Association of Ski Defense Attorneys and a former Special Counsel for the National Ski Areas Association, recently was given the Colorado Ski Country USA’s Chairman’s Award. The Double Diamond award is presented to an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to Colorado’s ski industry.



Some of the top individual contributions to skiing in Colorado during the record-setting 2013-14 season were announced Friday during the 51st annual meeting of Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA).

The awards were given to persons “who have made significant contributions to the industry,” according to Jennifer Rudolph, communications director for Colorado Ski Country.

The top award, the CSCUSA Chairman’s Award, went to Peter Rietz, a Denver-based attorney who is a past president and founding board member of the Association of Ski Defense Attorneys and a former Special Counsel for the National Ski Areas Association.

Rietz is a Level III certified PSIA/RMSIA instructor and a Level 300 certified national race coach and has served as a board member with the Rocky Mountain Division of United States Ski Association, Breckenridge Race Club and the Loveland Basin Race Club, with 26 years coaching and instructing experience.

Perhaps more importantly, Rietz was instrumental in helping draft the 1979 Colorado Skier Safety Act.

“In addition, he has helped shape the Colorado ski industry’s culture of safety and risk management, turning Colorado into a leader in safety for guests and employees at ski resorts,” said Greg Finch, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of CSCUSA.

Also honored were Lea Tucker, International Public Relations Manager for the Aspen Skiing Company; Ben Berend of the Steamboat Springs Ski and Snowboard Club; Martinique Prohaska, supervisor on the Telluride Ski Resort; and Don Coleman, general manager of the ski and ride school at Copper Mountain Resort.

Other awards went to Ian Naudain, Eldora Mountain Resort — Snowmaker of the Year; Kelly Glass, Aspen/Snowmass — Terrain Master of the Year Day Crew; Napoleon Swyter, Keystone Resort — Groomer of the Year; and Chris Meyer, Telluride Ski Resort — Terrain Master of the Year, Night Crew.


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