Aspen Times reporter, editor

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Passing Date: January 22, 2015

Aspen reporter Mary Eshbaugh Hayes, known to readers and fans as MEH, died Jan. 22 of pancreatic cancer. She was 86. Hayes joined The Aspen Times in 1952 as a reporter and photographer. Over the next 20 years she worked as a freelance writer while raising her family. She returned to the Times as a...

Ski School Director

Tom Rainone
Passing Date: January 20, 2015

Gaetano Thomas Rainone, 84, passed away on January 20, 2015 at his Catskill Mountain home. Tom was born in Brooklyn and raised in Saugerties, N.Y. He attended the New York Military Academy, where he was a varsity diver and captain of the baseball team, and Sienna College near Albany. He studied...

Mountaineer and founder of Keystone Center

Robert Craig
Passing Date: January 16, 2015

Robert Craig, a scholar and mountaineer who founded the Keystone Center, died in Denver on January 16, 2015 at age 90. Born in 1924 in California, Craig moved in the mid-1930s to Seattle, where the Cascades ignited his passion for mountaineering. In 1939, as a high-school sophomore, he read in the...

Ski Area Promoter, Marketing Exec

Buzz Bainbridge
Passing Date: January 11, 2015

Alexander “Buzz” Bainbridge passed away in his sleep Sunday morning, Jan. 11, 2015 at the age of 93. Buzz grew up in Minneapolis, where he was a high school skiing champion, then captain of the University of Minnesota Ski Team and Central U.S. Intercollegiate Slalom Champion. During World War II he...

Biathlete, Resort Founder

John Burritt
Passing Date: January 7, 2015

John Ray Burritt, Sr., 81, died peacefully at his home on January 7, 2015. He was born in Cedaredge, Colorado into a pioneering farming family on Redlands Mesa, where he learned to shoot and hunt. He graduated from Hotchkiss  High School in 1952, then completed his college education at Western...

Tahoe Skiing Pioneer

Fraser West
Passing Date: January 2, 2015

Fraser “Poke” West died January 2, 2015, at age 96. Born March 1, 1918, Fraser West grew up in Reno, and passed up an appointment to West Point to focus on agriculture, skiing and rodeo roping. He enrolled at the University of Nevada as an Agriculture and Animal Husbandry major, while competing in...

Ski jumper, resort founder

Gus Raaum
Passing Date: December 28, 2014

Gustav (Gus) Raaum, the ski jumping champion who supervised construction of Big Sky Resort, died Dec. 28 at age 88.   Born in Brevik, Norway, Gus grew up in Lillehammer and in high school competed in soccer, track and speed skating -- and excelled in ski jumping. During the German occupation in...

10th Mountain Division leader

Earl Clark
Passing Date: December 28, 2014

Earl Ervin Clark, who served in the 10th Mountain Division from its inception, died at home on Dec. 28, a day after attending a 10th Mountain reunion luncheon. He was 95. Clark was born in Londonderry, Vermont in 1913, and learned to ski while growing up in Wisconsin. After graduating high school...

Stratton Marketing VP

Michael Cobb
Passing Date: December 12, 2014

Michael Cobb, longtime vice president of sales and marketing at Stratton, died Dec. 12 of cancer. He was 63. Born in Garnerville, N.Y., Cobb discovered skiing at 14 and was immediately hooked. He became a junior patroller at Silvermine Ski Area, in Harriman, N.Y., in 1967. In time he succeeded at...

Racer, ski association officer

Rémi Cloutier
Passing Date: December 4, 2014

Rémi Cloutier, 84, a lifelong promoter of Canadian skiing, died Dec. 4 in Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec, his home town. In 1948, he won the Canadian Junior Downhill Championship at Mt. Norquay, Alberta, but broke a leg before the 1950 FIS championships. He went on to a successful career in the pulp-...