10th Mountain Division hero, ski illustrator

Jacques Parker
Passing Date: December 22, 2019

Jacques Parker, the internationally celebrated ski illustrator and a veteran of the US 10th Mountain Division, who scaled Italy’s Riva Ridge to help capture enemy positions in one of America’s most daring WWII battle engagements, died on December 22, 2019 at the age of 98.  He had recently...

Ski historian, collector and ISHA board member

Luzi Hitz
Passing Date: November 28, 2019

Luzi Hitz, a noted Swiss ski historian, ski collector, indefatigable researcher and writer and ISHA director, died November 28, 2019 in Corseaux, Switzerland. He was 89. A passionate ski collector and historian, Hitz dedicated much of his life to celebrating and preserving the sport’s rich history...

Burton Snowboards founder

Jake Burton Carpenter
Passing Date: November 20, 2019

Jake Burton Carpenter, founder of Burton Snowboards and a key early promoter of the sport, died November 20, 2019, in Burlington, Vermont. Cause of death was complications from testicular cancer, for which he was first treated in 2011.   To the snowboarding culture, Carpenter shares founding-father...

Columbia Sportswear president

Gert Boyle
Passing Date: November 3, 2019

Gert Boyle, the Holocaust refugee who built Columbia Sportwear into a giant corporation, died November 3 in Portland, Oregon. She was 95 years old. Born Gertrude Lamfrom in Augsburg, Germany, she was brought to the United States at age 13, in 1937, when her family fled Nazi Germany. Her father...

Modernized Kitzbühel's ski school

Karl Koller
Passing Date: October 26, 2019

Karl Koller, the 1946 Hahnenkamm combined champion who went on to revolutionize ski instruction for kids and adult beginner, died October 26 in his home town, Kitzbühel. He turned 100 last April. (For a full biography, see the January-February 2019 issue of Skiing History) Koller grew up in...

Alpinist, extreme skier

Davo Karničar
Passing Date: September 16, 2019

Davorin Karničar, Slovenian alpinist and the first person to complete a ski descent from the summit of Everest, died September 16 in a tree-cutting accident, at age 56. Karničar grew up climbing and skiing with his father in the mountains around Jezersko, an alpine village a few miles from Slovenia...

Iconic cross-country competitor, pioneer and promoter

Joe Pete Wilson
Passing Date: September 13, 2019

Joseph Peter (“Joe Pete”) Wilson, Sr., an iconic figure in winter recreation, died September 13, 2019, in Lake Placid, New York. He was 84. He’ll be remembered as a tireless cross-country skiing promoter and longtime proprietor of the Adirondack’s Bark Eater Inn. Born and raised in Lake Placid,...

Jackson Hole ski pioneer

Bill Saunders
Passing Date: September 13, 2019

William Dale Saunders, a cattle rancher who drove the development of ski racing in Jackson, Wyoming, died September 13 after a traffic accident near his home in Bondurant. He was 93. Born on a ranch in Jackson, Saunders grew up skiing the local hills. As a teen he was a rodeo cowboy, worked on...

Six-time Olympic biathlon medalist

Halvard Hanevold
Passing Date: September 3, 2019

Halvard Hanevold died September 3, 2019, at age 49, at home in Asker, a town on the west bank of the Oslo Fjord. In his competitive career he won six medals in the Winter Olympics, three of them gold (1998 Nagano, 2002 Salt Lake City, and 2010 Vancouver). In the Biathlon World Championships, he won...

Pioneering knee surgeon, ski team doc

John Feagin, MD
Passing Date: September 1, 2019

Dr. John Feagin, a pioneer of arthroscopic knee surgery who served as U.S. Ski Team physician during the 1992 Albertville Olympics, died September 1 at his home in Jackson, Wyoming, at age 85. A 1955 graduate of West Point, Feagin served two years as an artillery officer, then entered Duke...