Taos Ski Valley founder

Rhoda Blake
Passing Date: November 3, 2015

Rhoda Blake, 97, who helped her husband Ernie Blake to found Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico, died November 3, 2015, after a brief illness.   Rhoda Limburg was born April 8, 1918, in London and was orphaned during World War I.  She was adopted by a New York State supreme court justice, and raised in...

Timberline veteran

Henry Bendinelli
Passing Date: October 27, 2015

Henry Bendinelli Henry Bendinelli, who first started skiing Oregon’s Mount Hood in 1936, before the opening of the historic Timberline Lodge, died on October 27, 2015. He was 91. Born in 1924, Bendinelli grew up in a tight-knit Italian neighborhood in Portland. He learned to ski with his Boy Scout...

Coach, racing official, historian

Alain Lazard
Passing Date: October 24, 2015

ISHA member and ski historian Alain Lazard, who coached under Georges Joubert and worked as the U.S. representative for a consortium of French resort-equipment suppliers, passed away from pneumonia on October 24, 2015. He was 73 years old. Born in Aix-en-Provence in Southern France, Alain studied...

Mainstay of Vermont ski scene

Dawn Hazelett
Passing Date: October 14, 2015

Dawn Hazelett, a beloved fixture of Vermont skiing, died October 14, 2015, of cancer. She was 92 years old. Born in Essex, Vermont, Dawn spent her whole life in the Colchester area. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1940, at age 18, and after World War II met and married the prolific...

Mountain guide

Bela Vadasz
Passing Date: September 15, 2015

Bela Vadasz, who taught hundreds to climb and ski in the Sierras above Lake Tahoe, died September 15 after an apparent heart attack. He was 62 years old. At age 3, during the 1956 Hungarian uprising, Vadasz was brought to the United States by his refugee parents. The family settled in San Francisco...

Ski tuner to the Mahres

Ed Chase
Passing Date: August 17, 2015

Ed Chase died August 17 in Branford, Conn., after a five-year-long fight with cancer. He was 64.   Ed grew up skiing in Sheffield, Mass., where he attended the Berkshire School. He then went on to Middlebury College in Vermont where he was a member of the class of ’73, played soccer and rugby, and...

Mountaineer, Snowbird co-founder

Dick Bass
Passing Date: July 26, 2015

Richard D. Bass, 85, the Texas oil billionaire who co-founded Snowbird and went on to become the first person to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents, died July 26 in Dallas, of pulmonary fibrosis. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bass grew up in Dallas, where his father made a fortune in oil...

Industry Exec, ISHA Stalwart

Ian Ferguson
Passing Date: July 14, 2015

Ian Ferguson died July 14 after a long battle with cancer. He was 78. Born in Lancaster, N.H., Ian grew up skiing at Cannon and North Conway, then attended Vermont Academy, where he skied on its prep-school championship team. He then raced for the University of Vermont, while teaching at the Sepp...

10th Mountain veteran and ski-museum director

H. Newcomb Eldredge
Passing Date: July 9, 2015

10th Mountain Division veteran H. Newcomb “Newc” Eldredge died on July 9, 2015. Born in Baltimore, Maryland on August 4, 1924, he spent his early years in Pittsford, New York. He attended Culver Military Academy in Indiana, then joined the 10th Mountain Division in 1944. Following training at Camp...

Aspen novelist, Downhill Racer screenwriter

James Salter
Passing Date: June 19, 2015

James Salter, 90, the “writer’s writer” who penned the screenplay for the film “Downhill Racer,” died June 19 in Sag Harbor, N.Y. Born James A. Horowitz in Passaic, N.J., he graduated West Point in 1945 and became an Air Force pilot. In Korea, he flew 100 combat missions in F-86 fighters, earning a...