LeRoy Schultz

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Ski Sport Innovator

LeRoy Schultz (1937 - 2018)

As a designer, builder, inspector and consultant in the realm of ski lifts, tows and trams in the United States and Canada, LeRoy Schultz's contribution to the industry is immeasurable. A native of Ogden, Utah and a graduate of the University of Utah, Schultz constructed more than 40 chairlifts in North America and was regional tramway engineer for the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho and Montana.  He served on the Montana Ski Areas board and received the "Young Engineer of the Year" Award from the Montana Chapter of Professional Engineers.

In 1972 Schultz was named to the American National Standards Institute Ropeway Committee B77.1, which set standards for the design, manufacture, construction and operation of all tramways, gondolas, chairlifts, surface lifts and tows used at ski areas. He served as chairman of the committee for over fifteen years. The last thirty years of his career were with the ski area insurance industry.

In 1991 and 1995, respectively, the Intermountain Ski Areas Association and the Rocky Mountain Lift Association honored him for his contributions to ski lift safety.  These well-deserved awards and accolades are exclamation points to the extraordinary career of LeRoy Schultz.