POWDR Corp. and Snowbird Owner

Ian Cumming
Passing Date: February 2, 2018

Ian Cumming, a one-time Wall Street financier and more recently an influential figure in the ski resort industry, died February 2, 2018 at his home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He was 77. As much behind the public scene as his enterprises are in front of it, Cumming was affiliated with POWDR Corp.,...

Snowbird Founder

Ted Johnson
Passing Date: January 29, 2018

Ted Johnson, the one-time California beachcomber who founded Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort that elevated Utah’s winter sports image to world-class status, died January 29, 2018, in Santa Barbara, California. According to his son, Peter, Ted succumbed to injuries suffered when an allegedly drunk...

Legendary film maker

Warren Miller
Passing Date: January 24, 2018

Warren’s movies were an annual event where you met old buddies that you hadn’t seen since the last ski season. Having spent the previous winter shooting action in mountains from New Zealand to New Hampshire, he now dragged his weary body over from a nearby Howard Johnson Inn to present the...

U.S. Ski & Snowboard and FIS official

Bruce Crane
Passing Date: December 9, 2017

National and international ski-racing official Bruce Crane died of cancer on December 9 at his home in Park City, Utah. He was 71. Born in 1947 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Crane earned his bachelor’s degree from Williams College in Massachusetts. After college, he served as an educator and coach...

Dartmouth College ski historian

Stephen Waterhouse
Passing Date: December 8, 2017

Stephen “Steve” Waterhouse died in New York City on December 8, after a brief battle with brain cancer. He was 74. Born in Sanford, Maine, Waterhouse was a lifelong skier. After attending Dartmouth (Class of 1965, MBA 1967), he held executive positions at Procter & Gamble, Avon, Revlon and the...

Ski Club of Great Britain editor and historian

Elisabeth Hussey
Passing Date: December 2, 2017

Elisabeth Hussey, who succeeded Sir Arnold Lunn as editor of Ski Survey, the magazine of the Ski Club of Great Britain, died December 2, 2017, at age 88.  From 1984 to 2008, Hussey was a member of the International Ski Federation (FIS) Sub-Committee for Alpine Citizen Racers. From 1992 she served...

Influential SIA attorney

Shaun Corette
Passing Date: December 2, 2017

John “Shaun” Corette III, a Montana cowboy who became a leading attorney in Washington, DC, died December 2 at age 81. Among his many clients was Snowsports Industries America (SIA), the nonprofit national trade association for the winter sports and resort industry.  Corette started working with...

Two-time Olympic jumper and U.S. Hall of Famer

Gene Kotlarek
Passing Date: November 9, 2017

Two-time Olympic ski jumper and U.S. Hall of Famer Eugene “Gene” Kotlarek died November 9, 2017, in his hometown of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Kotlarek, who was a jumping legend in the 1960s, was 77. Born in 1940, Kotlarek grew up in Duluth, Minnesota, where he began skiing at the age of five...

10th Mountain vet, legendary climber

Fred Beckey
Passing Date: October 30, 2017

Friedrich Wolfgang Beckey, the 10th Mountain Division veteran who, over a 70-year climbing career put up more first ascents than any other North American, died October 30 in Seattle. He was 94 years old. Beckey was born in Düsseldorf, Germany and the family moved to Seattle in 1925. With his...

Killington’s original mountain man

Royal Biathrow
Passing Date: October 25, 2017

Royal Biathrow, Killington Resort’s first employee, died October 25 at age 86. Born and raised in Bridgewater, Vermont, Royal became a logger during high school and served in the Korean War. He married Norma Towne in 1954 and went to work for her father’s construction business, gaining the...