Winter Park pioneer

Jerry Groswold
Passing Date: November 26, 2015

Denver Post story by Jason Blevins: Gerald Groswold, the Fraser Valley ski pioneer, passed away on Thanksgiving, just a year after Colorado's governor declared Nov. 15 as "Gerald F. Groswold Day." He was 84 and had been ill with pneumonia. It's impossible to overstate Groswold's role in the...

Taos Ski Valley founder

Rhoda Blake
Passing Date: November 3, 2015

Rhoda Blake, 97, who helped her husband Ernie Blake to found Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico, died November 3, 2015, after a brief illness.   Rhoda Limburg was born April 8, 1918, in London and was orphaned during World War I.  She was adopted by a New York State supreme court justice, and raised in...

Jackson Hole co-founder

Alex Morley
Passing Date: November 1, 2015

Alex Morley, one of Jackson Hole’s founders, died November 1 at his home in Bend, Oregon, of pancreatic cancer. He was 96 years old. Born in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Scottish immigrant parents, Morley began skiing at age 8 on skis he built himself under the guidance of his carpenter father. While...

Timberline veteran

Henry Bendinelli
Passing Date: October 27, 2015

Henry Bendinelli Henry Bendinelli, who first started skiing Oregon’s Mount Hood in 1936, before the opening of the historic Timberline Lodge, died on October 27, 2015. He was 91. Born in 1924, Bendinelli grew up in a tight-knit Italian neighborhood in Portland. He learned to ski with his Boy Scout...

Coach, racing official, historian

Alain Lazard
Passing Date: October 24, 2015

ISHA member and ski historian Alain Lazard, who coached under Georges Joubert and worked as the U.S. representative for a consortium of French resort-equipment suppliers, passed away from pneumonia on October 24, 2015. He was 73 years old. Born in Aix-en-Provence in Southern France, Alain studied...

Mainstay of Vermont ski scene

Dawn Hazelett
Passing Date: October 14, 2015

Dawn Hazelett, a beloved fixture of Vermont skiing, died October 14, 2015, of cancer. She was 92 years old. Born in Essex, Vermont, Dawn spent her whole life in the Colchester area. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1940, at age 18, and after World War II met and married the prolific...

Mountain guide

Bela Vadasz
Passing Date: September 15, 2015

Bela Vadasz, who taught hundreds to climb and ski in the Sierras above Lake Tahoe, died September 15 after an apparent heart attack. He was 62 years old. At age 3, during the 1956 Hungarian uprising, Vadasz was brought to the United States by his refugee parents. The family settled in San Francisco...

Ski tuner to the Mahres

Ed Chase
Passing Date: August 17, 2015

Ed Chase died August 17 in Branford, Conn., after a five-year-long fight with cancer. He was 64.   Ed grew up skiing in Sheffield, Mass., where he attended the Berkshire School. He then went on to Middlebury College in Vermont where he was a member of the class of ’73, played soccer and rugby, and...

Guthega resort developer

Walter Spanring
Passing Date: July 31, 2015

Walter Spanring, who helped to develop the Australian resort of Guthega and served as its first instructor, died on July 15, 2015 in Brisbane. He was born in 1930 in St. Lambrecht, Austria, where he raced and became a ski instructor. He moved to Australia in 1959 and in 1961 was hired to teach...

Mountaineer, Snowbird co-founder

Dick Bass
Passing Date: July 26, 2015

Richard D. Bass, 85, the Texas oil billionaire who co-founded Snowbird and went on to become the first person to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents, died July 26 in Dallas, of pulmonary fibrosis. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bass grew up in Dallas, where his father made a fortune in oil...