Mountain Guide

Robson Gmoser
Passing Date: March 10, 2015

Robson Gmoser, 45, was killed in an avalanche March 10, near Sorcerer Lodge, a fly-in ski cabin above Golden, B.C. The son of climbing guide and heliski pioneer Hans Gmoser, Robson was a well-known and widely-respected mountain guide in his own right. With his wife Olivia Sofer he owned and...

Northland executive and Minnesota ski-area founder

Walter Spidahl
Passing Date: March 7, 2015

Walter Spidahl, 95, a longtime ski rep, sales manager and ski area founder, died March 7, 2015. Spidahl grew up in Norwegian Grove Township, Minnesota, a rural community 40 miles southeast of Fargo, North Dakota, and learned to ski as a child. While attending Gustavus Adolphus College he enlisted...

Dartmouth Olympian and Colorado Architect

Colin Stewart IV
Passing Date: March 6, 2015

Colin Stewart died in Aurora, Colorado, on March 6, 2015, at the age of 88. Born in Philadelphia, he grew up skiing in Hanover, New Hampshire. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and after the war was stationed at the Garmisch Armed Forces Recreation Center in southern Germany, where he...

Salt Lake City mayor and women's ski-jumping advocate

DeeDee Corradini
Passing Date: March 1, 2015

Photo by Dan Campbell Margaret “Deedee” Corradini, the Salt Lake City mayor who fought to get women’s ski jumping included in the Winter Olympics, died March 1 of lung cancer at her home in Park City, Utah. She was 70. Corradini was mayor of Salt Lake from 1992-2000 and helped to lead the city’s...

Founder and president of U.S.A. Snowboarding

Gordon Robbins
Passing Date: February 27, 2015

Gordon Robbins, a founder and president of the U.S.A. Snowboarding Association, died in Winhall, Vermont, on February 27, 2015, at the age of 73. Robbins also served as chairman of the Snowboard Committee (1993–98) for PSIA-E/AASI, as executive director of the International Snowboard Federation,...

Mad River Glen and 1960 Olympic ski patrol veteran

Howard Martin
Passing Date: February 14, 2015

Howard Wesley Martin, whose long ski patrol career was highlighted by service at the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics, died February 14, 2015. He was 88. Martin was born and raised in Montpelier, Vermont.  After high school he worked sanding floors, then set up his own home renovation business, Martin’s...

Cross country champion and Twin Cities coach

Normal Oakvik
Passing Date: February 3, 2015

Norman Gunnar Oakvik, a pioneer of cross-country skiing in the Twin Cities, died on February 3 in Minneapolis. He was 94.  Born in Minneapolis to Norwegian immigrant parents, Norm was given a pair of wooden jumping skis at an early age by his father. He trained with the 10th Mountain Division...

Nordic Combined champ, ski resort consultant

Ted Farwell
Passing Date: January 25, 2015

Ted Farwell -- NCAA and National champion, Olympian and ski resort consultant -- died on Sunday, January 25, after a short battle with mesothelioma, the severe form of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.  Ted's mother grew up skiing in Brattleboro, Vt. She put him on skis at age two, and at...

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...