Longtime Ski Racing journalist and statistician

Hank McKee
Passing Date: November 5, 2016

Acclaimed ski journalist Hank McKee, who covered the sport at all levels and around the world during his 36-year career at Ski Racing, died unexpectedly at home in Duxbury, Vermont on November 5, 2016. He was 66.  McKee was a man of contradiction. Jovial and carefree, he sported an aging-hippie-...

Marketing executive at Lange, A&T, Copper Mountain

Al Goto
Passing Date: November 1, 2016

*/ Al Goto, who built a successful career as a marketing executive in the ski industry, died on November 1, 2016.   With a lifelong passion for skiing, Al got his start in the business working at A&T ski manufacturers in Seattle. In 1970 he became one of the first employees at Lange’s new...

Arnold Lunn archivist

Nicholas Scheetz
Passing Date: October 29, 2016

Nicholas Scheetz, 63, who was instrumental in bringing to the United States the papers of Sir Arnold Lunn, died October 29 at his home in Newport, Rhode Island.  Scheetz was for two decades the Manuscripts Librarian of Special Collections at Georgetown University’s Lauinger Library in Washington,...

Racer, ski equipment innovator

Erik Giese
Passing Date: October 10, 2016

Erik O. Giese, 76, died October 10 at his home in Key Biscayne, Florida.  Born in Seattle, Giese competed in all ski disciplines, and as a junior competed in the national Nordic combined championship. As a member of the University of Washington Ski Team he was a four-way NCAA competitor, and was...

Fernie Resort developer

Heiko Socher
Passing Date: October 8, 2016

*/ Fernie Alpine Resort developer Heiko Socher, 86, died October 8, 2016. Born in Berlin, Germany, Socher immigrated to British Columbia as a teenager shortly after World War II, and studied forestry at the University of British Columbia, where he joined the ski team and the outing club. With the...

Dartmouth skier, adventurer, politician

Lowell Thomas, Jr.
Passing Date: October 1, 2016

Lowell Thomas Jr., film producer, author, politician, pilot and friend of the Dalai Lama, died October 1, 2016, a week short of his 93rd birthday. In 1939 his father, Lowell Thomas, Sr., sent the 15-year-old to South America as assistant to a Fox Movietone cameraman, to learn cinematography. In...

Australian cross country ski official

Carl Melvey
Passing Date: September 22, 2016

Carl Melvey, a leader in developing cross-country competition in Australia, died on September 21, 2016, at age 82. Melvey launched a successful hobby-products importing business in 1972, and soon thereafter became active in the Boonoona Ski Club at Perisher Valley, where his daughter Camille began...

PR manager for the Italian and Austrian teams

Robert Brunner
Passing Date: September 21, 2016

Robert Brunner, one of the greatest characters on the alpine World Cup, died of cancer on September 21, 2016 in Merano, Italy. He was 64. Brunner was born in 1952 in Sterzing/Vipiteno, in the South Tyrol region of Italy, at the foot of the Brenner highway leading to Innsbruck. He spent more than...

Coach to Canada’s champions

Pepi Salvenmoser
Passing Date: September 21, 2016

Pepi Salvenmoser, who coached a generation of Canadian women to Olympic and World Championship medals, died September 21 in his native town, Kitzbuhel, Austria. He was 90 years old. An all-around athlete, Salvenmoser competed locally in hockey, swimming and diving in the post-war years. But he was...

U.S. national champion, ski retailer and sales rep

Dean R. Perkins
Passing Date: September 10, 2016

Dean R. Perkins, a U.S. national champion in downhill and GS at mid-century, died September 10 at age 89. Born in Montpelier, Idaho, Perkins grew up in Ogden, Utah, and learned to ski and race on the rope tow at Snow Basin. He raced for the Weber State and University of Utah ski teams and also...