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Austria's Olympic medalist and Canadian team coach

Franz Gabl
Passing Date: January 23, 2014

Franz was born in St. Anton am Arlberg, Tyrol, Austria. Franz had a happy childhood growing up with two brothers and four sisters under the loving care of his mother Kreszenz and father Josef, a house painter. His hometown of St. Anton is known as "the cradle of alpine skiing". Growing up in the...

Founder of Sipapu Ski Resort

Lloyd Bolander
Passing Date: January 20, 2014

Lloyd Bolander, founder of New Mexico’s Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, died on January 20, at his home in Vadito, N.M.  He was 86 years old. Bolander was born and raised in Penasco, N.M., and began skiing at age three on a wooded hillside near Taos. In 1950, with his wife Olive, he bought 13 acres...

Last of the Ski Bums

Ron Funk
Passing Date: January 19, 2014

The author (left) with Ron Funk, 2012 Ronald Maurice Funk, 1934-2013 By Dick Dorworth Ron Funk lived with a fierce, incandescent spirit that touched everyone who knew him, with an insistence on his own terms that friends adapted to. Ron, as they say, did his own thing. In 1952, at 19, he left a...

Pioneering Ski Country Architect

Henrik Bull
Passing Date: December 4, 2013

Henrik Bull, an influential architect whose passion for mountain design was firmly rooted in achieving a sense of place, passed away in early December near his home in Berkeley, California, at the age of 84. As one of the co-founders of the San Francisco design firm of Bull Stockwell Allen, Bull...

Founder of nordic training program in Yukon

Jean-Marie Mouchet
Passing Date: December 2, 2013

Father Jean-Marie Mouchet died in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, on December 2, 2013. He was 96. In the 1960s, he founded the Territorial Experimental Ski Training (TEST) program, which became an incubator for some of Canada’s top cross-country skiers.   Born in France in 1917, Mouchet started cross-...

Sugar Bowl ski school director and shop owner

Bill Klein
Passing Date: November 23, 2013

Wilhelm (Bill) Klein died on November 23, 2013, at his home in Incline Village, Nevada, at the age of 96. He was a longtime instructor, ski-school director and ski-shop owner at the Sugar Bowl resort near Lake Tahoe, California.   Klein was born in Austria and moved to the United States in 1934. In...

Mike Gallagher, Nordic Icon

Mike Gallagher
Passing Date: October 3, 2013

The Eagle’s flight is over. American nordic icon Mike Gallagher shown here in the red jacket, has died, ironically, on the very day of his 72nd birthday, Oct. 3. A fierce competitor in the ‘60s and a successful coach, Gallagher was also a highly skill bicycle racer. He served as Nordic director at...

Longtime PSIA-E examiner

Joe Wood
Passing Date: August 26, 2013

Joe Wood, 61, a PSIA-E examiner for 42 years, died August 26 in Park City. He taught more than 50,000 people to ski and worked with thousands of ski instructors who took Professional Ski Instructors Association-Eastern Division (PSIA-E) exams. He was the youngest ever to be appointed an examiner at...

Editor and Skiing History editorial board member

Dinah Witchel
Passing Date: August 23, 2013

Dinah Witchel, 76, whose editing skills were employed over much of the last half of the 20th century in fact-correcting and enhancing the work of scores of ski writers, died in New York City, August 23, after a battle with cancer. Dinah started her career in ski publishing in 1963 as managing...

Binding Inventor

Burton Weinstein
Passing Date: August 9, 2013

Burt Weinstein, 87, inventor of the Burt “retractable” binding, died August 9, of cancer. Weinstein’s binding featured a releasable plate containing two spring-loaded capstans, each housing a steel cable. After a release, the cables could reel the ski back and reattach to the binding, automatically...

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