Loris Werner - Athlete - 2007
Born and raised in Steamboat Springs, Loris Werner learned to walk and ski at the same time. The youngest member of the famed Werner family, Loris was only six when he entered the downhill race at the Steamboat Winter Carnival. While attending Western State College in Gunnison, Loris competed in all four disciplines – ski jumping, cross-country, downhill and slalom – and twice won the NCAA Skimeister Championship.Loris went on to represent the United States at two different Winter Olympics; first at Innsbruck, Austria in 1964 as a ski-jumping alternate, and then at Grenoble, France, in 1968 in alpine skiing. Not only was he an accomplished competitor, but Loris also played a vital role in the development of the Steamboat ski area. For more than four decades, Loris served the ski area, first as the ski school director, then mountain manager, and finally vice-president of operations. Owners have come and gone, but Loris has remained a constant throughout it all. And through his dedication to the community and his love of the sport of skiing, Loris has truly helped turn Steamboat Springs into Ski Town, U.S.A.