The Gene Gillis Award recognizes outstanding athletic performance.
Congratulations to this year's Alpine Winner - Olyvia Snyder! Already having notable performances in 2018-19 by qualifying for the U16 Nationals she finished among the top half of the nation's best 14 and 15-year-old ski racers. This year, Olyvia did one better as a first-year U19 not only qualifying for the Junior National Championships as a first-year eligible athlete, she achieved a top 10 performance in Super G and another top 20 in Slalom among the nation's 70 best juniors. She followed those performances by winning the State High School Ski Championship in Slalom.
Among the top junior ski racers in the country, Olyvia Snyder put together a season of outstanding athletic achievements as an Alpine Ski Racer.
Gene Gillis Award For Outstanding Athletics
This award is presented to one athlete in each discipline for outstanding results. Gene Gillis was an Olympian and a founder of the Copper Mountain Race Team back in the 1970s. in 1980, along with Mark Jones, Corky McDonald, and Fred Turner, Gene started the Summit Race Team, which provided full-time Alpine ski training for the first time in Summit. His wife, Ina, passed away in March 2019. Until her death, she lived in their house which is now surrounded by development in the River Run Village at Keystone.