Racer, manufacturer, adventurer

Chris Schwarzenbach
Passing Date: January 19, 2017

Jean-Christophe Froelicher-Schwarzenbach, one of the most colorful figures in California’s skiing scene, died on January 19, 2017, at age 98. Chris was born in Quogue on Long Island. His father was a native New Yorker, and his mother was born in Winterthur, Switzerland. He attended the Browning...

Canadian downhill racer, Olympian, FIS official

Gerry Rinaldi
Passing Date: January 9, 2017

*/ Canadian downhill racer and Olympian Gerry Rinaldi passed away on January 9, 2017 at the age of 72, in Kelowna, British Columbia. Born in Kimberley, BC, Rinaldi learned to ski at Kimberley Resort and was named to the Canadian national team in 1963. He competed in the 1968 Olympic downhill,...

Hungarian racer and coach

Barnabas Kovacs
Passing Date: January 1, 2017

Barnabas Kovacs, 70, a significant figure in the Hungarian skiing community, died in a car accident on January 1, 2017. Kovacs became Hungarian junior alpine champion several times and was a member of the national team. Starting in 1985, he worked as alpine head coach variously for the Netherlands...

Olympic champion, resort developer, sportswear exec

Jean Vuarnet
Passing Date: January 1, 2017

Jean Vuarnet, Olympic champion in downhill at the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics, founder of the Avoriaz ski resort and of a successful eyewear and fashion company, died January 1 after a stroke. He was 83 years old. Raised in Morzine, Vuarnet skied for the University of Grenoble, while studying for a...

Importer, Buying Group Pioneer

John J. Sherwin
Passing Date: December 27, 2016

John J. Sherwin, a businessman who founded one of the ski industry’s first buying groups, died December 27, 2016, at age 94, at his home in Rye, New York.   John was born in Berlin, Germany and raised in Switzerland. As a teen he was an avid ski racer and rowed crew on Lake Geneva. Leaving...

Wilmot ski school director

Cal Beisswanger
Passing Date: December 27, 2016

Cal Beisswanger, long-time director of the Wilmot Mountain Ski School in Wisconsin, passed away on December 27, 2016, at age 81.  Cal joined the Wilmot staff in 1955 and became a fully certified instructor in 1958. He served as co-director of the school until his retirement in 1990. In the mid...

Hans Heierling: Ski boot innovator

Hans Heierling
Passing Date: December 22, 2016

Hans J. Heierling Jr., who for four decades headed his family’s ski boot business, died December 22, 2016, at age 91.   Hans Jr. was the third in a line of cobblers who made custom ski boots in Davos, Switzerland. The firm sprang from the workshop of his grandfather Franz Heierling, who opened a...

Stowe, Vermont leader; Top Notch resort owner

Arthur Kreizel
Passing Date: December 13, 2016

Arthur Kreizel died at home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, on December 13, 2016. He was 92 years old. After serving in the Navy during World War II, Kreizel ran two large textile companies. He retired in 1970 and moved to Stowe, Vermont. There, with partner Jack Cummings, he acquired the...

Mountaineer, pioneering Vail ski instructor

Dick Pownall
Passing Date: December 6, 2016

*/ Dick Pownall, 89, passed away on December 6, 2016.  In 1947, at age 20, Pownall was one of the original climbing guides at the Exum Guide Service in Teton National Park, where he put up many classic routes, and married climber Mary Flint. He spent winters teaching physical education and math at...

Snow Summit CEO

Dick Kun
Passing Date: November 27, 2016

Richard 'Dick' Kun, former chairman and CEO of Snow Summit Ski Corporation and one of the true visionaries of the American ski industry, passed away on November 27 in Big Bear Lake after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 76. His family and his close friends were at his side when he...