“Gary started as a ski patroller here at Beaver Creek in 1990, and he spent the next 32 years giving his life, his energy, his everything to these mountains. This is an especially meaningful run because it was one of his favorites and he really loved it when it was groomed. This is one of the original runs on our mountain from Opening Day at Beaver Creek, and it runs alongside other legends — Addy’s and Helmut’s.” -Beaver Creek COO Nadia Guerriero
Beaver Creek Ski Resort honored a longtime employee by renaming a trail in his name. Vail Daily reports resort workers gathered yesterday to remember their former colleague Gary Shimanowitz who collapsed while on the job last winter at Beaver Creek and could not be revived.

Groomers took special care to lay down perfect wall to wall corduroy on Gary’s (just the way he liked it) and they blasted one his favorite songs, the anthem from “Top Gun” as skiers and snowboarders dropped into the renamed run following remarks by Beaver Creek’s COO Nadia Guerriero.

RIP Gary


Our team came together this morning to dedicate Gary’s, our renamed trail that pays homage to the legacy of Gary Shimanowitz, our late Vice President of Mountain Operations. Gary was incredibly special to the Beaver Creek and Vail Resorts community, and we are proud to recognize him as a Beaver Creek legend with this trail.
Gary especially loved this trail when it was groomed – so our grooming team laid down a perfect surface of wall-to-wall corduroy covered by a couple inches of fresh powder this morning, just as Gary would have wanted.
Thank you to everyone who attended this dedication to remember our colleague, our friend, and our family member.
Every time we ski or ride this trail, we’ll think of Gary.