U.S. Ski Team trustee, Windham resort owner

James “Randy” MacDonald
Passing Date: September 2, 2016

U.S. Ski Team trustee and Windham resort owner James Randall “Randy” MacDonald of Greenwich, Connecticut, passed away on Friday, September 2, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. He was 63 years old. At St. Francis University, MacDonald earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’...

Australian ski official, Head importer

Albert Richard “Bert” Gardner
Passing Date: August 24, 2016

*/ Australian ski pioneer Albert Richard “Bert” Gardner died August 24, 2016 at age 91. An electrical engineer and amateur soccer player, Gardner began skiing at Perisher Valley in 1948, and helped launch the Orana ski lodge, completed in 1952. With his brother Reg, he founded an electrical...

Sports and ski photographer

Lew Portnoy
Passing Date: July 17, 2016

Sports and ski photographer Lew Portnoy died of complications from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis—a progressive lung disease— on July 17, 2016. He was 75. A St. Louis native, Portnoy attended Washington University and then learned the commodities business at the Chicago Board of Trade. At 27, he...

Colorado's Cross-Country Icon

Sven Wiik
Passing Date: July 5, 2016

Sven Wiik, who coached generations of cross country skiers in Colorado, died July 5 at age 95, at the Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Born in Solleftea, Sweden, Wiik trained as both a cross country racer and gymnast, and competed in gymnastics at the 1948 Olympics in London, when...


Doug Pensinger
Passing Date: June 10, 2016

Photographer Doug Pensinger, well known for his coverage of World Cup races among other sports, died of cardiac arrest in his sleep on June 10, 2016, at his home in Golden, Colorado. He was 51. Born in Pennsylvania, Pensinger began selling photos to local newspapers at age 15. After working at...

Veteran ski coach

Greg Needell
Passing Date: June 7, 2016

Greg Needell, former U.S. Ski Team coach, died on June 7 on a Mammoth Mountain chairlift, of an apparent heart problem. He was 52. It was the first day of a training camp for his Team Summit squad. Born in Vermont, Needell raced for Stratton Mountain School and St. Lawrence University, specializing...

NCAA racer, Olympian

Frank Brown
Passing Date: June 4, 2016

University of Colorado three-time All-American Frank Elliott Brown, 79, died on June 4, 2016 in his hometown of McCall, Idaho.  After skiing and jumping as a teenager, Frank joined the University of Colorado ski team and was named All-American in both alpine and Nordic in 1957, ’58 and ’59—the...

Dartmouth racer, ski industry sales rep

Sabin Abell
Passing Date: June 1, 2016

Sabin “Sabe” Clark Abell, Jr. died unexpectedly while driving on June 1, at age 88. A fifth generation Vermonter, Sabe was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Dartmouth College (1954), and was a member of their lacrosse and ski teams at the time when Darmouth dominated the ski scene...

Skiing Magazine sales exec

Dana Andersen
Passing Date: June 1, 2016

Dana William "Shines" Andersen passed away on June 1, at home in Boulder, Colorado, at age 87, from heart failure. Born in Swampscott, Massachusetts, Dana graduated from Salem High School, enlisted in the U.S. Navy for two years, and then graduated from Colby College, in Waterville, Maine, in 1955...

Racer, 10th Mountain officer, A&T president

John Woodward
Passing Date: May 25, 2016

Photo: Lt. John Woodward, 1941. Major John Woodward, who commanded the training unit of the 10th Mountain Division, and became one of the owners of Anderson & Thompson (A&T) Ski Company, died May 25, at age 101. Born in Iowa, Woodward grew up in Seattle, and began skiing, at age 15, in 1930...