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Skiwear Executive

Albert H. Diem
Passing Date: March 5, 2018

Longtime ski-apparel executive Albert H. Diem, 81, died March 5 at his home in Derby Line, Vermont. Born in Zurich, Switzerland, he earned a college degree in textile manufacturing.  In the early 1960s he moved to New York to represent Schoeller, the Swiss manufacturer of woolen and stretch fabrics...

FIS and U.S. Masters racing champion

Anne Nordhoy
Passing Date: February 28, 2018

Five-time FIS Masters champion Anne Nordhoy, 77, of Spring Township, Pennsylvania, died of natural causes on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 while on vacation in Tampa, Florida with her husband Frode. Over the past four decades, Anne became well known within the skiing community as a top masters...

Winter Park Exec, Racer and Racing Official

Thor B. Groswold
Passing Date: February 22, 2018

Thor B. Groswold, 89, died February 22 at Mercy Regional Hospital in Durango, Colorado. The son of Denver ski manufacturer Thor C. Groswold and Bernice Brandt, he grew up racing and jumping and working in his father’s ski factory. Beginning in 1947, Thor raced four-way (slalom, downhill, cross...

Public relations executive

Jane Fitzpatrick Pitman
Passing Date: February 17, 2018

Jane Fitzpatrick Pitman, a ski-industry public relations executive, passed away on February 17 at Salem Hospital in Marblehead, Massachusetts. She was 92.  Jane attended Boston’s Academie Moderne and the Stratford School of Business. After a first marriage to John Thuet, she married Theodore Pitman...

Creator of Hexcel honeycomb skis

Hub Zemke
Passing Date: February 17, 2018

Hubert A. Zemke, Jr, age 75, inventor of the aluminum honeycomb ski, died February 17, 2018 after a long struggle with cancer. Zemke was a an Air Force brat, son of a fighter wing commander. He learned to ski at Garmisch, and during a determined but undistinguished career as a racer and coach, made...

POWDR Corp. and Snowbird Owner

Ian Cumming
Passing Date: February 2, 2018

Ian Cumming, a one-time Wall Street financier and more recently an influential figure in the ski resort industry, died February 2, 2018 at his home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He was 77. As much behind the public scene as his enterprises are in front of it, Cumming was affiliated with POWDR Corp.,...

Snowbird Founder

Ted Johnson
Passing Date: January 29, 2018

Ted Johnson, the one-time California beachcomber who founded Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort that elevated Utah’s winter sports image to world-class status, died January 29, 2018, in Santa Barbara, California. According to his son, Peter, Ted succumbed to injuries suffered when an allegedly drunk...

Legendary film maker

Warren Miller
Passing Date: January 24, 2018

Warren’s movies were an annual event where you met old buddies that you hadn’t seen since the last ski season. Having spent the previous winter shooting action in mountains from New Zealand to New Hampshire, he now dragged his weary body over from a nearby Howard Johnson Inn to present the...

Olympian, Wildcat founder, heliski pioneer

Brooks Dodge
Passing Date: January 17, 2018

Wildcat co-founder Joseph Brooks Dodge Jr., 88, passed away on January 17. The son of legendary Appalachian Mountain Club huts manager Joe Dodge, Brooks was born in Conway, New Hampshire on December 30, 1929. As a teenager, Brooks worked for the AMC on Mt. Washington and became an accomplished...

Cross country racer, 10th Mountain veteran

Chummy Broomhall
Passing Date: December 30, 2017

Wendall “Chummy” Broomhall, a mainstay of the American cross country ski racing community, died December 30, 2017, at age 98. Raised in a large family in Mexico, Maine, he skied in cross country races while attending Stevens High School. With his older brother Charles “Slim” Broomhall, he was named...

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