The town of Vail is holding a candlelight tribute to the late President Gerald R. Ford on Saturday at 6 p.m. The tribute will include a memorial service and special memories of the Vail Valley’s "First Citizen."
A long-time part-time resident of Beaver Creek, Ford gave to local charities and hosted an annual American Enterprise Institute World Forum in the valley.
According to the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame, of which he is a member, "Ford started skiing back in 1939 in New England. In 1968 he vacationed in Colorado for the first time and the rest is history. One of the many contributions Ford has made to the sport of skiing his role in bringing two World Alpine Ski Championships to the State of Colorado. It was a major coup for the area to be awarded the event, giving Colorado a chance to promote ski racing in this country by taking one of the sport's preeminent events, putting it in the forefront of national attention and showing the world the U.S. can hold a great ski race, twice in a ten year period."