RMLA recognizes the Best of the Best!

2022 Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Lift Maintenance Person of the Year and the Lift Operations Person of the Year. Show your employees how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication by nominating them for one of these respected awards. The recipients will be recognized and honored during the RMLA Awards Lunch, Wednesday, May 4.

2021 Awards

No awards were given in 2021 due to the virtual format of the education programming.

2020 Awards

In May of 2020 the RMLA Board had every intention on honoring that year's award winners in person. Unfortunately, that - along with the conference - did not exactly materialize.  Awards were given however and the recipients will be recognized at the next in-person conference. 

The prestigious Bob E. Lesage Award is given to individuals that have worked tirelessly within the ropeway industry for their entire life. And the 2020 recipient has done exactly that!  Joe Gmuender at a very early age started designing 16 sheave towers and has been an avid skier and designer ever since. His contributions are so long it is difficult to list, from ANSI B77 standards work, insurance inspections, to manufacturing.  Not to mention the many years of designing ropeways where his Professional Engineering seal is stamped on drawings. Joe continues to be a huge asset and trusted expert to our industry.

The remaining award winners are also devoted and well deserving. Contributions to the Industry include Nicki Cochrell, retired from the Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board, and Charles Peterson from Tramway Engineering. Both of these individuals have been instrumental in our industry. Nicki was the go-to person for issues and information in the largest ski state. Her calm demeanor and accuracy will never be replaced.  Charles influenced ropeway safety and design throughout the United States, as an ANSI B77 leader, inspector, and designer as well for many years. His PE stamp is scattered on drawings all over the country which is a remarkable career.

The Maintenance and Operations Persons of the Year also need to be noted. This past season numerous individuals were nominated and RMLA had difficult decisions. The Maintenance Persons of the Year were recognized by individual resorts as stellar, by all experts. We’d like to recognize Carson Busch of Purgatory and Dave Faulk, formerly of Crested Butte as the 2020 recipients. The final award is presented to an individual from Purgatory Resort as well, the Operations Person of the Year was presented to Dex Piz who was, and continues to be, an invaluable resource with devotion and passion for guests and Purgatory as a whole.

Congratulations to all of the award winners and thank you for your support and service to the ski industry!

Nomination Deadline:
March 31, 2022

When nominating an individual, please consider the following criteria:
  •  The nomination form must be completely
     filled out and accompanied by a separate
     letter of recommendation.
  •  Please submit several photos of the
     nominee (jpg or png format preferred.)
     Photos should include at least one headshot
     and several of the individual at work.
  •  Nominee must have a minimum of two
     years/seasons of employment at your ski
  •  Qualified candidates may hold
     management, supervisory, foreman,
     lead or apprentice positions.
  •  Nominations will only be accepted from a
     superior of the nominee.
  •  A ski area/resort may only nominate one
     employee for each award.  
  •  Nominee should plan to attend the 2022
     conference and prepare to be recognized
     during the Awards Lunch.
  •  Each award winner will receive a comple-
     mentary 2022 conference registration
     (non-transferable).  Additionally, he/she
     may be asked to help present a session at
     a future conference.