Vail – To the rest of the world, he was Mr. President.
To many people in the Vail Valley, however, he was simply Jerry.
Gerald Ford brought the “winter White House” to Vail and placed the developing ski town on the map by regularly schussing down the slopes. He was considered a friend and regular guy by many here, even while lending his name to innumerable local causes in his role as “mountain royalty.”
“We look at everything we’ve done here, and we see his footprints in all of that,” said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation, a charitable organization for which Ford served on the board of directors for years. “He’s literally part of the fabric of this community.”