Racer, ski association officer

Rémi Cloutier
Passing Date: December 4, 2014

Rémi Cloutier, 84, a lifelong promoter of Canadian skiing, died Dec. 4 in Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec, his home town. In 1948, he won the Canadian Junior Downhill Championship at Mt. Norquay, Alberta, but broke a leg before the 1950 FIS championships. He went on to a successful career in the pulp-...

Idaho photographer

David Stoecklein
Passing Date: November 10, 2014

David Stoecklein, 65, whose ski-action photos were a mainstay of ski magazine features and advertising in the late '70s and '80s, died of cancer on November 10. Dave grew up in Fox Chapel, Penn., a suburb of Pittsburgh, but moved West in his early 20s to pursue photography as a profession. After...

Ski College founder, tennis coach

Vic Braden
Passing Date: October 6, 2014

Photo courtesy Gale Godwin Renowned tennis coach Vic Braden, whose “laugh and win” approach to teaching serves and strokes proved to be equally innovative and effective for the ski schools of Aspen and Vail, died October 6, 2014 of congestive heart failure in Trabuco Canyon, California. He was 85....

10th Mountain Vet, Vermont Stalwart

Erling Omland
Passing Date: September 3, 2014

Erling Omland Erling Omar Omland, a stalwart of New England skiing, died Sept. 3 at age 97. Born in Pittsfield, Mass., he grew up in Risr, Norway, Brooklyn, N.Y. and Roselle, N.J. He attended Union College in Cranford, N.J, and in the late 1930s made annual trips to Tuckerman Ravine. A devout...

Swiss Lauberhorn Champion

Karl Molitor
Passing Date: August 25, 2014

KARL MOLITOR Swiss skiing legend Karl Molitor, one of the most successful and charismatic champions in his era, has died peacefully at the age of 94 on August 25th 2014, his family announced in the middle of the week. Molitor, born in the famous ski resort of Wengen in the beautiful Bernese...

Alta Board Member

Henry Laughlin
Passing Date: August 6, 2014

Henry Laughlin Henry R. Laughlin died suddenly on August 6, at home in San Francisco, at age 64. The son of publisher and Alta founder James Laughlin, Henry was an intrepid mountaineer with experience climbing and skiing throughout North and South America. He settled in San Francisco with his wife...

Founder of Liechtenstein Ski Museum

Noldi Beck
Passing Date: July 10, 2014

Noldi Beck Noldi Beck, founder of the Ski and Wintersports Museum Liechtenstein, died July 10. He was 65 years old. Noldi's passion was skiing. For many years, he was active in the international alpine racing circuit. A racer himself, he went on to teach skiing and then worked as a ski tester for...

US Downhill Champ, Woodbury Owner

Rod Taylor
Passing Date: July 5, 2014

Roderick G. Taylor, 70, who raced for the U.S. Ski Team from 1967 to 1971, died unexpectedly on July 5. Within the ski racing community he's best remembered as U.S. National downhill champion (and Roche Cup winner) in 1970, but generations of Connecticut skiers knew him as the genial owner of...

Gretchen Ress Scott, ski retailer, skiwear designer

Gretchen Scott
Passing Date: July 4, 2014

Skiwear designer and retailer Gretchen Lee Ress Scott died in Boulder, Colorado, on July 4, 2014, following 14 years with Parkinson’s disease complicated with breast cancer. She was 68. Gretchen was born in Columbus, Ohio and earned a master’s degree in fine arts at Ohio State University. She...

Jeffrey Pier, collegiate and USSA ski coach

Jeffrey Pier
Passing Date: July 4, 2014

Longtime ski coach Jeffrey J. Pier of Waddington, New York, died on July 4, 2014, in Potsdam, New York, of kidney cancer.  Born in 1959 in New Jersey, Pier briefly attended University of Maine at Orono before embarking on his career as a professional ski-racing coach.  He led programs at Hidden...