Mechanical engineer, researcher, ski-safety crusader

Carl Ettlinger
Passing Date: June 19, 2020

Carl Ettlinger, an indefatigable force in advancing skier safety, died June 19 at his home in Underhill Center, Vermont, from Parkinson’s disease. He was 77. An innovative researcher and gifted mechanical engineer, Ettlinger worked collaboratively throughout his life to promote safety on the slopes...

Rossignol chief

Laurent Boix-Vives
Passing Date: June 18, 2020

Laurent Boix-Vives, who drove the growth of Rossignol for half a century beginning in 1955, died June 18 at age 93. Boix-Vives, son of a local grocer in Brides-les-Bains, was born in 1926, and at age 10 had watched Emile Allais win local races. At 18, near the end of the war, his father took him...

USSA leader, Olympic visionary, athlete advocate

Howard Peterson
Passing Date: May 11, 2020

Howard Peterson, an influential leader of the U.S. Ski Association, a pivotal voice in bringing the Winter Olympic Games to Utah and an indefatigable advocate for the athletes throughout his storied career, passed away May 11 in Heber City, Utah, after a long illness. He was 69.   As secretary...

Prominent New Jersey Ski Shop Owners

Richard and Carol Fallon
Passing Date: May 3, 2020

Trailblazing New Jersey ski shop owners Dick and Carol Fallon passed away May 3 in their Scottsdale, Arizona, home. Dick was 93, and Carol was 87.   Just about any skier raised in New Jersey has ventured into a Ski Barn thanks to Dick and Carol Fallon. Starting with a single small store in Little...

Snowmaking and Seven Springs Resort Pioneer

Herman Dupré
Passing Date: April 25, 2020

Herman Kress Dupré, the visionary behind HKD Snowmakers and Seven Springs Resort, Pennsylvania, died April 25 at his Seven Springs home. He was 87.   Herman assumed management of Seven Springs resort at the age of 23 upon the death of his father. He transformed modest rope-tow hill into one of the...

Vail hotelier, Indy racing patriarch

Bob Lazier
Passing Date: April 18, 2020

Bob Lazier, one of Vail’s pioneering hoteliers and the patriarch of a successful auto racing family, died from complications from COVID-19 on April 18 in Denver. He was 81.   While working in a ski shop in his native Minnesota, Bob saw a brochure about a new European-themed resort opening in...

Superstar instructor, film star

Corky Fowler
Passing Date: April 16, 2020

Hood Corey "Corky" Fowler, 75, died in Livingston, Montana, on April 16, after a long illness.  The following article was first published in the June, 2010 issue of Skiing Heritage magazine. High-Flying Corky Fowler He was a superstar ski instructor at Sun Valley and Snowbird. Then he walked away...

Influential cross-country racer, manufacturer, gear rep

Bob Tucker
Passing Date: April 1, 2020

Bob Tucker died on April 1, on his 59th wedding anniversary, at his home in Carbondale, Colorado. He was 89.   His passion for skiing led him to a lifelong and influential career in the industry, as a competitor, manufacturer, importer and gear rep.   Born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1931, Bob...

Sport Obermeyer executive, 40-year sales representative

Gary Speckmann
Passing Date: March 29, 2020

Gary Speckmann Sport Obermeyer executive, 40-year sales representative   Gary Speckmann passed away March 29 in his home in Boulder, Colorado. He was 86.   Gary was born in Fremont, Nebraska. The family moved to La Junta, Colorado, where Gary spent his formative years and he graduated from high...

Ski area architect, ISHA founding director

Jimmie Ray Nunn
Passing Date: March 10, 2020

Jimmie Ray Nunn, a ski area designer and a founding director of the International Skiing History Association, passed away in Phoenix on March 10, 2020. He was 92. Nunn grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona, and began skiing at age six, four years before the area got its first rope tow. After World War II...