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Craig McNeil is a nationally syndicated ski columnist for the Denver Rocky Mountain News in Denver Colorado. McNeil first began writing his bi-weekly for the News in 1989. After 11 years his nationally syndicated instructional column features the latest in tips, techniques and happenings in Colorado Ski Country.

In 1999 McNeil had his first book published, "How To Ski the Blues and Blacks (Without Getting Black and Blue)" by Sequoia Publishing in Littleton, Colorado and has received glowing reviews. His easy-to-carry, pocket-sized book is fast becoming known as the skier's bible. The book is based on the ski columns he writes for the News and also contains valuable information on all the ski resorts in the USA!

Craig began skiing (in a local cow pasture with one rope tow) at the age 7 in Cheshire Connecticut. He soon graduated to nearby Mount Southington (a real ski area with night skiing and man-made snow) and became a local fixture as a ski instructor teaching the after school ski programs at the tender age of fourteen. At 18, he became a P.S.I.A. level III certified ski instructor, one of the youngest in the United States at the time. Shortly after certification McNeil headed west for blue skies and deep powder snow of Colorado. The early seventies gave birth to the new age of freestyle skiing. For the next 15 years McNeil followed the freestyle circuit, first on the Chevrolet Professional Freestyle Tour, weekly at the Aspen Highlands Dearborn Cup and finally on the Saab Pro Mogul Tour. Upon retiring from competition he became a judge for the Pro Mogul Tour and USSA Freestyle Association.

He has taught skiing at most of the major resorts in Colorado including, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain and Vail. He has also served as Director of Freestyle Skiing at all the Summit County resorts. In between a busy career as an instructor, coach and competitor, Mr. McNeil has worked as a television commentator and narrator for many world class ski events held in Colorado Ski Country. In 1970 began studying the martial art "Taekwondo " as a means of staying in shape in the off-season. In 1977 McNeil received his first-degree black belt and opened his own school "Mountain High Taekwondo" shortly after. He taught skiing by day and Taekwondo at night. In 1982, McNeil won the middleweight sparring division at International Taekwondo Federation/United States Taekwondo Federation Championships. Mr McNeil attained his fourth degree black belt in December 1988.

In the late 1980's McNeil moved to Denver from Summit County to pursue his passion for acting and film production. McNeil is the president and founder of McNeil Film Enterprises and been involved in the Colorado film scene since moving to Denver. His film career has involved work both in front of and behind the camera as an actor, casting director, production coordinator and producer. In 1990 he created the Colorado Actors Studio Theatre (C.A.S.T.), a non-profit professional actors workshop. He served 5 years on the board of the Colorado Film and Video Association where he worked as a writer with Exposed Film Magazine. He is a current 19-year member in good standing with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (AFTRA). As an actor he has worked with such luminaries as Richard Chamberlain, Raymond Burr, Anthony Perkins and Linda Hamilton. McNeil currently resides in Littleton with his wife Amy and two children, Sean and Moira. Writer, actor, singer, photographer, author, husband and father.

  • "Syndicated Ski Columnist" Denver Rocky Mountain News, Denver, CO 1988 to present
  • Certified Black Level (Highest Level) Primary Movements Teaching System, Loveland CO April, 2000
  • "Technical/Equipment Editor" 1996
  • "Ski The Rockies" KTLK Talk Radio - Co Host & Technical Expert, 1993-1995
  • "P.S.I.A. Certified Instructor" (Over 30 years) including experience at Vail, Copper Mtn., Keystone, Breckenridge & A-Basin
  • "World Freestyle Skiing Championships" KRTN TV, Breckenridge, CO (Director - Tom Foster) Color Commentator, 1986-1988
  • "United States Alpine Skiing Championships" KRTN TV, Breckenridge, CO (Director - Tim Nixon) Color Commentator, 1985-1988
  • Competitor: Saab Pro Mogul tour 1978-1985;Chevrolet Professional Freestyle Tour 1974-1977; Skiing Magazine Pro Freestyle Tour 1971-1973; Dearborn Freestyle Cup, Aspen Highlands,1970-1979; Hotdoggers West Freestyle Demo Team
  • Judge: Pro Mogul Tour, 1984 1987; USSA Freestyle Association
  • Director of Freestyle Skiing: Copper Mountain Resort, 1977-1979; Keystone Ski Resort, 1973-1977; Breckenridge Ski Resort, 1972-1973