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Class of 2021

Innovator and Leader in West Virginia Snow Sports
Area Operations and/or Management
Instruction/Education & Coaching

David Faunce

David Faunce started skiing at 13 when his family moved to Rochester, New York.  When he graduated from high school, he moved to Elkins, West Virginia, to attend Davis & Elkins College and ski at a newly formed ski resort – Canaan Valley Resort (CVR).  In 1972, David became one of CVR’s first ski instructors, and David was also one of CVR’s first PSIA (Professional Ski Instructor of America) certified instructors.  He went on to obtain a Level III certification. 

David and his wife, Nora, and son LD stayed at CVR until 1980, when they moved to Silverthorne, Colorado.  David instructed at Keystone until 1984, and they returned to the east coast and returned to CVR as full-time instructors in 1987.  David was a ski school supervisor, assistant ski school director, and later director. 


David began working for Timberline Resort in 1993 was there except for a hiatus to Florida until 2017.  That year, Blackwater Fall State Park had completed upgrades to the “sled run”, and David became the manager where he continues to work.

Over 50 plus years in the ski industry, David has trained countless instructors.  He coached for the Canaan Valley Junior ski team.  He has also worked with adaptive programs such as Special Olympics and BOLD (Blind Outdoor Leisure Development) programs.  David is a recipient of the Bob & Anita Barton award.  His passion is showing individuals the joys of snow sports and winter, and he has had the lifelong pleasure of sharing that joy.

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