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Erwin Stricker, Italian Ski Racer

Erwin Stricker
Passing Date: September 28, 2010

Erwin Stricker, a former member of the Italian ski team known for his aggressive style and bigger than life persona, died September 28, 2010, in Bolzano, Italy, at the age of 60. Born August 15, 1950, Stricker raced on the Italian team from 1969 to 1977 and was known as the ”Crazy Horse.” After...

Ivar Halvorsen, Nordic wooden ski maker

Ivar Halvorsen
Passing Date: August 25, 2010

Nordic wooden ski maker Ivar Halvorsen, the last of the Nordic wooden ski makers, died at age 93 on August 25, 2010, in Nittedal, Norway. He was born July 17, 1917, to his calling. As a boy, athletic and strong from having worked with his carpenter father, he began cross-country ski racing. But his...

Sepp Kober, southeast U.S. ski pioneer

Sepp Kober
Passing Date: August 3, 2010

Sepp Kober, who built Southeastern skiing from the ground up and was a 2010 U.S. Ski Hall of Fame inductee, died August 3, 2010, at Bath Community Hospital in Hot Springs, Virginia. He was 88. Born outside of Igls, Austria, near Innsbruck, Kober had already established himself as an Austrian...

Dick Reuter, Kirkwood’s original mountain manager

Dick Reuter
Passing Date: July 4, 2010

Dick Reuter, Kirkwood’s original mountain manager, died July 4, at Kirkwood, at age 88. A World War II veteran, Reuter worked with Monty Atwater on avalanche control at Squaw Valley in the years leading up to the 1960 Olympics. He became Squaw’s mountain manager in the late ‘60s, then moved his...

Dick Reuter, Kirkwood’s original mountain manager

Dick Reuter
Passing Date: July 4, 2010

Dick Reuter, Kirkwood’s original mountain manager, died July 4, 2009, at Kirkwood, at age 88. A World War II veteran, Reuter worked with Monty Atwater on avalanche control at Squaw Valley in the years leading up to the 1960 Olympics. He became Squaw’s mountain manager in the late ‘60s, then moved...

Kirkwood,Calif.lost two founders this summer

Bud Klien
Passing Date: May 5, 2010

Kirkwood, Calif.lost two founders this summer. Bud Klein, 83, died May 5 inStockton, Calif. Klein was a football and baseball star at University of the Pacific and Stanford. In 1950, because his father had had a heart attack, Klein declined a minor-league berth with a Boston Red Sox farm team and...

Jimmie Heuga, Olympic slalom medalist, MS healing pioneer

Jimmie Heuga
Passing Date: February 8, 2010

In 1949, the 1937 World Alpine Champion Emile Allais arrived at the newly-opened Squaw Valley to be ski school director. Allais spoke little English, and was happy to relax with another Frenchman on site, the lift operator Pascal Heuga. Heuga had a six-year-old son in tow. Little Jimmie followed...

Toni Sailer, Olympic and World Champion

Toni Sailer
Passing Date: August 24, 2009

Olympic and World Champion Toni Sailer, By Patrick Lang The bad news was expected, but not so soon. Austrian skiing legend Anton “Toni” Engelbert Sailer of Kitzbühel, the first competitor to win all three alpine ski events in a single Olympics, died on Monday, Aug. 24, 2009 in Innsbruck, after a...

Andrea Mead Lawrence, Olympic gold medalist

Andrea Mead Lawrence
Passing Date: March 30, 2009

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (April 2, 2009) - One of America's greatest Olympic champions, Andrea Mead Lawrence, passed away  at her home near Mammoth Mountain, Calif. at the age of 76. A three-time Olympian, she played a pivotal role in establishing the United States as an alpine power against the...

Wolfgang Lert, Writer, Filmaker, Skiwear Importer

Wolfie Lert
Passing Date: February 13, 2009

  Wolfgang Lert, 91, died peacefully at his home in San Francisco on Feb. 13, 2009. After racing for UCLA, Wolfie became the university's first ski coach and made some early Southern California ski films. During WWII he worked in the Office of War Information, and afterwards was editor of Western...

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