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Mountaineer, Snowmass 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...

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...

Nordic Combined Olympian

Paul Wegeman
Passing Date: May 30, 2015

Alvin Paul Wegeman, 88, died May 30 in Colorado Springs. Born in Denver, Paul grew up in Steamboat Springs. He spent his adolescence ski jumping, ski patrolling and working in his father’s ski shop. In 1946, with his brother Keith and Crosby Perry-Smith, the Steamboat squad swept the podium at a...

Killy's mentor and ski guru

Michel Arpin
Passing Date: May 30, 2015

  Michel Arpin, 80, was a mythic figure in France, where he was coach and mentor to Jean-Claude Killy for several decades.   Born Dec. 29, 1935, in Ste-Foy Tarentaise, 10 miles downstream from Val d'Isère  to a family of hotelkeepers, Michel Arpin joined the French national ski team in 1956....

Influential ski instructor and author; sportswriter, autoracer

Denise McCluggage
Passing Date: May 6, 2015

Denise McCluggage, influential ski instructor and writer, died May 6, 2015, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was 88. McCluggage grew up in El Dorado, Kansas, where she got her driver’s license at age 14. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Mills College in Oakland, California, then landed a job...

Dartmouth racer, ski retailer

Bob Skinner
Passing Date: April 11, 2015

Robert A. Skinner, Dartmouth downhiller, U.S. Army ski instructor, retailer and racing promoter, died April 11, 2015, at age 96.  Born in 1918, Skinner attended schools in Manchester, New Hampshire, graduating from Central High in 1935 and Phillips Exeter Academy in 1936. He graduated from...

10th Mountain veteran; Stowe resort executive

Gordon Lowe
Passing Date: March 28, 2015

Gordon Lowe, a 10th Mountain Division veteran and longtime Stowe resort executive, died on March 28, 2015 at his home in Shelburne, Vermont, at the age of 94. Lowe was born in May 1920 in Schenectady, New York, and raised in North Adams, Massachusetts, where he was a ski racer and caption of the...

Mountain Guide

Robson Gmoser
Passing Date: March 10, 2015

Robson Gmoser, 45, was killed in an avalanche March 10, near Sorcerer Lodge, a fly-in ski cabin above Golden, B.C. The son of climbing guide and heliski pioneer Hans Gmoser, Robson was a well-known and widely-respected mountain guide in his own right. With his wife Olivia Sofer he owned and...

Northland executive and Minnesota ski-area founder

Walter Spidahl
Passing Date: March 7, 2015

Walter Spidahl, 95, a longtime ski rep, sales manager and ski area founder, died March 7, 2015. Spidahl grew up in Norwegian Grove Township, Minnesota, a rural community 40 miles southeast of Fargo, North Dakota, and learned to ski as a child. While attending Gustavus Adolphus College he enlisted...

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