Aspen — Long time Roaring Fork resident Ivan Petkov passed away September 8 after a long and
valiant battle with cancer. He set an inspiring example with his constant optimism, sense of
humor and love for family, friends and sport. Always with a smile and infectious enthusiasm,
Ivan could be seen on the ski hills of Aspen carving the perfect turn or teaching others to.
Many of us will remember Ivan as a local skiing legend and the “grandfather” of shaped
skis. In 1993 Ivan co-founded S Ski, and led the innovative company to perfect some of the
first wide shaped skis that led to a revolution in the faltering ski industry.
Born in Bulgaria, Ivan’s life was special from childhood. He was a famous child movie star in
the Balkans. His early passion for skiing culminated there when he became a member of
the Bulgarian national ski team in the mid 70’s. He was an internationally ranked wind surfer
in the 80’s. He moved to Aspen in the late 80’s for the reason so many did… skiing. During
many years as an Aspen instructor, he shared his S Ski, carving technique and good humor
with so many.
Ivan founded a company in 2006 called Hot Gear offering heated ski boot bags which has
kept his connection with his beloved sport alive… And many World Cup skiers feet warm!
He is survived by his son Nikolai and wife Viviana, the love of his life who made the past
years a joy and supported him through his challenges. As you ski this winter, making those
effortless carves, remember Ivan and take a run for him.
A memorial service will be held on October 7th at 2pm on top of Aspen Mountain with a
reception at the sundeck. Gondola passage is gratis. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for info
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