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Jumping Champion, Olympian, FIS Official

Rudy Maki
Passing Date: January 17, 2016

Rudy Maki, Olympic ski jumper, FIS official and longtime director of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, died January 24 at his home in Iron Mountain, Michigan. He was 80 years old. Born in Ishpeming, Maki competed at his first ski jumping tournament at the age of eight and by the time he was...

Lodge and resort manager, addiction counselor

Edward Siegel
Passing Date: January 14, 2016

Edward Boyce Siegel died at home in Ketchum, Idaho on January 14, 2016 at age 87 with his children, and close family and friends at his bedside.   Ed was born on December 15, 1928 in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he grew up. He attended the University of Colorado, but only completed college at age 73...

French sports journalist

Yves Montredon
Passing Date: December 29, 2015

French journalist Yves Montredon, who covered alpine racing in the early years of the World Cup, died on December 29, 2015 in Paris. He was 78. Born in Grenoble, as a sportswriter Montredon specialized in skiing and skating. After an early career in the regional press and daily newspapers, in 1979...

Olympic Champion, Face of Skiing for a Generation

Stein Eriksen
Passing Date: December 27, 2015

Stein Eriksen, the most famous skier of his generation, died December 27, at his home in Park City, Utah. He was 88 years old. Stein was the son of Marius Eriksen, a skier, Olympic gymnast and manufacturer of ski equipment. Born in Oslo, Stein trained as a gymnast and skier, and became Norway’s...

ISHA founder, ski historian

Allen Adler
Passing Date: December 24, 2015

Allen Adler, in ISHA founder and 15-year selection committee chair for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, died on December 24, 2015 at his home in Barton, Vermont. He was 100 years old. Adler was born in New York City in 2015. After graduating from New York University with a master's degree...

Alpine champ, EASA president, resort developer

George Macomber
Passing Date: December 13, 2015

George Macomber, national champion in downhill and combined in 1949, died December 13 at age 88. Raised in Massachusetts, Macomber raced for MIT, and was rarely off the podium. A slalom specialist, he nonetheless won the U.S. national downhill and combined championships in 1949. He was named to the...

Inventor of the nose warmer

Grace Van Hulsteyn
Passing Date: December 12, 2015

Grace Van Hulsteyn, co-inventor of the Savaface nose warmer, died December 12, 2015 at a hospice in Manhattan. She was 78 and suffered a stroke after a three-year battle with ALS. While an undergraduate at Bryn Mawr, Van Hulsteyn and her classmate Betsy Nelson crocheted a woolen nose-sock that...

Instructor, retailer, rep

Bill Witte
Passing Date: November 30, 2015

Bill “Wittso” Witte, of Lake Placid, New York, died November 30, at age 83. Raised in West Orange, New Jersey, Witte was 13 when his older brother Norman was killed while fighting in Italy with the 10th Mountain Division. After high school, Witte hitchhiked all 48 states, then settled at Bromley,...

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...

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