Among others honored, the late chairlift engineer Jan Leonard was inducted into the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame this past September 21 at the Alf Engen Museum, home of the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame.
“Leonard founded one of the most recognizable ski-industry companies in the world. A 1968 graduate of Penn State, he was building bridges when gondolas and chairlifts captured his imagination after his first visit to a ski area in 1970. Six years later, he cofounded the Cable Transportation and Engineering Corporation (CTEC), which became North America’s leading lift manufacturer. By the 1990s, he’d successfully navigated industry mergers, and in 2002 was named the president of Doppelmayer CTEC. He became a founding member and principal of Skytrac, another lift engineering and construction services firm, in 2008. He died in August 2015, after undergoing heart surgery.” (Alf Engen Museum)
Says Carl Skylling, Director of Sales and principal of Skytrac Lifts, “Having Jan receive this honor means the world to us here at Skytrac. While we miss Jan hovering over his desk, designing and mentoring in his office down the hall, we believe he would be very proud of the company’s direction and success in the last year. Jan’s legacy continues.”