1956 Winter Olympian

Roy Sherwood
Passing Date: October 19, 2017

Roy Richard Sherwood passed away peacefully on October 19, 2017, at the age of 85. Sherwood was a lifelong resident of Salisbury, Connecticut, a town with a ski-jumping tradition dating back to the arrival of a group of Norwegians around 1920. Sherwood won the National Ski Jumping Championship in...

Aspen Ski Company and Wilderness Society executive

Bill Turnage
Passing Date: October 15, 2017

William Turnage, who served briefly around 1989 as a vice-president of the Aspen Skiing Company, and earlier served as executive director of the Wilderness Society and business manager for photographer Ansel Adams, died October 15, 2017, at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He...

Vail and Lange pioneer

Morrie Shepard
Passing Date: October 12, 2017

Morris "Morrie" Shepard, Vail’s first ski school director and employee number two at the Lange Ski Boot Company, died Oct. 12 at age 92. Shepard grew up in Sharon, Massachusetts, where his childhood friend and ski buddy was Pete Seibert, founder of Vail. Graduating high school in 1943, Shepard...

Mountaineer, filmmaker, ski instructor

Norman Dyhrenfurth
Passing Date: September 24, 2017

Norman G. Dyhrenfurth, the climber and filmmaker who in 1963 led the first American expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest, died on September 24 in Salzburg, Austria. He was 99. Norman Dyhrenfurth was born in Breslau, Germany, the son of Himalayan explorers Günter and Hettie Dyhrenfurth. ...

Vail racing pioneer

Bryon Brown
Passing Date: September 13, 2017

Byron Brown, a mainstay of Vail’s ski racing community, died September 13 at age 86. A Missouri native, Brown was a high school football player and diver and attended Colorado A&M (now CSU) in Fort Collins. After a hitch in the Air Force he worked in Denver and joined the National Ski...

US. intercollegiate ski champion

Jack Valentine
Passing Date: September 6, 2017

John H. “Jack” Valentine, 93, a four-way intercollegiate ski champion and long-time member of Canada’s Redbirds Ski Club and New Hampshire’s Hochgebirge Ski Club, died September 6, 2017. Born in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts in 1924, Valentine attended Vermont Academy, where he became an...

U.S. Ski Team alpine racer

Tori Pillinger Robinson
Passing Date: August 26, 2017

Tori Pillinger Robinson, 51, a former U.S. Ski Team alpine racer, died August 26 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Born December 18, 1966, Tori grew up in Park City, Utah, a community that recognized her talent and supported her pursuit of the sport to its highest level. As a member...

Sales rep, entrepreneur

Clay Freeman
Passing Date: August 16, 2017

Clayton Freeman, who represented Head and Salomon across the Western United States, and then held executive positions at Couloir, Roffe and other leading brands, died August 16 after a three-year battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was 82. Clay grew up in Weston, Massachusetts, and learned to sail...

World Cup photographer

Armando Trovati
Passing Date: August 6, 2017

Veteran World Cup photographer Armando Trovati died on August 6, 2017 in Milan, Italy. He was 73. Born on February 13, 1944, Trovati started working with the AP as a teenager, beginning as a darkroom assistant and eventually shooting news and sports. He started covering the World Cup during the...

Skiing cartoonist

Bob Cram
Passing Date: July 29, 2017

Bob Cram, skiing cartoonist Perhaps it was said best in the Seattle Times: “Northwest ski pioneer, commercial artist, television personality and loyal Seattleite.”  That was Bob Cram, born Nov. 25, 1925, and passing away unexpectedly in his sleep July 29, 2017. The urge to draw came early.  Age 8...