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Orville Slutzky, Hunter Mountain co-founder

Orville Slutzky
Passing Date: April 18, 2013

Orville A. Slutzky, age 96, the beloved co-founder of Hunter Mountain, passed away peacefully on April 18, 2013, in the company of loved ones.  Orville was born in Hunter on February 13, 1917 and raised on his parents’ farm in Jewett, N.Y. The son of the late Isaac and Ella (Miller) Slutzky, he is...

Aspen entrepreneur and cultural commentator

Kenneth Moore
Passing Date: April 8, 2013

Kenneth Moore, a longtime Aspenite and entrepreneur with a colorful and complex sense of humor, died on April 8, 2013, at his home in Santa Barbara, California. He was 92. In the mid-1950s, Moore built a three-story structure at the base of Aspen Mountain that became the Tipple Inn, Copper Kettle...

Othmar Schneider, Olympic champion, instructor, Lech hotelier

Othmar Schneider
Passing Date: December 25, 2012

Othmar Schneider died suddenly on Dec. 24, 2012. Raised in Lech on the Arlberg Pass, he won the Lauberhorn downhill and combined in 1951 and 1952, plus gold in slalom and silver in downhill at the Oslo Olympics. Had there been a combined medal at those games, he would have had that gold medal too....

Dick Needham, longest serving Editor of SKI Magazine.

Dick Needham
Passing Date: December 20, 2012

Richard Needham, who served as Editor of SKI longer than anyone in the 75-year history of America’s largest and oldest ski magazine, died in Sarasota, Florida on December 12, 2012at the age of 73. Cause of death was complications from open heart surgery. Needham served as SKI’s Editor over 20...

Jim Spring, ski market research pioneer

Jim Spring
Passing Date: October 22, 2012

Jim Spring, who served as chairman of the International Skiing History Association during the challenging period of its growth, 2004 — 2007, died on Monday, October 22, 2012 at his home in Boulder. After stepping down as ISHA chair, Jim continued to serve on ISHA’s board of directors, donating...

Emile Allais, world champion, coach, resort builder, English et francais.

Emile Allais
Passing Date: October 17, 2012

Émile Allais died Oct. 17, 2012 aged 100. He set up the Ecole de Ski Francais, helped create modern ski resorts and is considered the first great French ski racer as he dominated the sport in the 1930s. Born in February 1912 in Megève (Haute-Savoie), Émile Allais was considered the father of...

Tom Sims, Snowboard Innovator

Tom Sims
Passing Date: September 13, 2012

Both skiers and riders — pretty much anyone who likes to play in the snow — mourned the passing of snowboarding pioneer Tom Sims Sept. 13, 2012. Sims reportedly died of a heart attack at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif. Sims is credited with the development and invention of the first snowboard in...

Ivan Petkov, Shaped-ski innovator

Ivan Petkov
Passing Date: September 8, 2012

Aspen — Long time Roaring Fork resident Ivan Petkov passed away September 8, 2012 after a long and valiant battle with cancer. He set an inspiring example with his constant optimism, sense of humor and love for family, friends and sport. Always with a smile and infectious enthusiasm, Ivan could be...

Herbert Schneider, North Conway NH

Herbert Schneider
Passing Date: June 10, 2012

SON OF HANNES SCHNEIDER Former Cranmore Mountain owner/general manager Herbert Schneider, 92, of North Conway, died in Portland, Maine, June 10, 2012. Born May 20,1920, Schneider was the son of Ludwina (Seeberger) Schneider and legendary Austrian ski instructor Hannes Schneider (1890-1955) of St....

Jerry Berg, instructor and Coach

Jerry Berg
Passing Date: June 4, 2012

Donald Jerome “Jerry” Berg, aka Bergie, died in a bicycle accident near his home in Minturn, Colo., on June 4, 2012. He was 61. A natural athlete, Bergie grew up skiing in the Midwest and joined the Vail Ski School in the early 1970s. He was a PSIA trainer, examiner and alpine committee chair,...

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