Ski Show Impresario

Harry Leonard
Passing Date: May 23, 2019

Harry A. Leonard, who created the first modern consumer ski shows in 1958, died May 23, at age 92. Leonard grew up in Philadelphia, earned an engineering degree at Purdue and went to work in Chicago for the printer R.R. Donnelly. He soon joined the Chicago Sun Times as an ad salesman, later moving...

Sales exec, importer

Frank Vener
Passing Date: May 12, 2019

Franklyn Baker Vener, a ski-business sales executive who at one time or another managed U.S. distribution for Elan, Tecnica, Volkl and Dolomite, died May 12 in Westport, Connecticut. He was 85. Vener was born in 1934 in Mount Vernon, New York. He raced on the University of Vermont ski team,...

Superstar of 1966 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships

Gjermund Eggen
Passing Date: May 6, 2019

Gjermund Eggen, the Norwegian cross-country ski racer most remembered for his unprecedented win of three gold medals in the 1966 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships (WSC) in Oslo, died May 6, 2019, after a brief illness, at age 78. Eggen’s triple world-championships win in men’s cross-country was a...

Teton Village hotelier

Dietrich Oberreit
Passing Date: April 6, 2019

Jackson Hole innkeeper Dietrich Hermann Oberreit passed away peacefully on April 6 at age 95. Born in Paterson, New Jersey, following the death of his father, he moved to his mother’s native Switzerland at age eight. The family returned to the United States in 1942. Oberreit enlisted in the U.S....

Prolific ski writer

Nicholas Howe
Passing Date: April 4, 2019

Nicholas Sheldon Howe, 85, died April 4, 2019, after an extended illness. One of the most prolific ski writers of his generation, Howe began his skiing career as a member of the Sun Valley Ski Patrol in 1952. He turned to teaching school in the 1960s in New Hampshire, an in 1977 began writing ski...

Ski writer

John Hitchcock
Passing Date: March 8, 2019

  John Cleveland Hitchcock, 93, of Williamstown, Massachusetts, died in his sleep on March 8. Hitchcock grew up in Windsor, Massachusetts, graduating from Dalton High School in 1943. The next day, at age 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and saw combat as a scout with the 42nd (Rainbow) Division....


Dan Jenkins
Passing Date: March 7, 2019

Dan Jenkins, 90, a sportswriter who covered ski racing for Sports Illustrated from 1963 to 1972, died March 7 in Fort Worth, Texas, after a long illness and a broken hip. A specialist in golf and college football, and not himself a skier, Jenkins brought a unique style and voice to skiing during...

Sales rep

Fred Merchant
Passing Date: March 3, 2019

Alfred "Fred" Merchant, of Queensbury, New York, passed away March 3 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. It was his 83rd birthday. Merchant  grew up  in Amsterdam, and graduated from Amsterdam High  School. and graduated in 1959 from St  Lawrence University, where he was a member of the...

Activist for disabled sports

Dollie Armstrong
Passing Date: February 21, 2019

Dollie Cummings Armstrong, a founder of the SkiForAll Foundation and mother of 1984 Olympic GS gold medalist Deb Armstrong, died February 21 at age 84. Born in Florida, Dollie Cummings grew up in Woodburn, Oregon and graduated from Willamette University in 1957. She married Hugh Armstrong and the...

Broadcaster, "Voice of the Hahnenkamm"

Michael Horn
Passing Date: February 16, 2019

Michael Killisch von Horn, known in the skiing world as Michael Horn, died February 16, 2019 after a brief illness, at age 78. Best know abroad as the “Voice of the Hahnenkamm,” von Horn was a local official, serving on Kitzbuehel’s town council, as deputy mayor, and as a leader of the chamber of...