Curt Chase, founding member of PSIA

Curt Chase
Passing Date: June 6, 2014

Curt Chase, 10th Mountain Division veteran, founding member of PSIA, ski instructor innovator and  iconic Aspen/Snowmass ski school director for 22 years, died June 6, 2014, at his Silverthorne, Colorado home at age 91.   Born and raised in New Hampshire, he took up skiing two years before the...

Warren Witherell, founder of first U.S. ski academy

Warren Witherell
Passing Date: May 26, 2014

Warren Witherell died on May 26, 2014, at his home near Middlebury, Vermont, after a yearlong decline in health. He was 79. An honored member of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, he founded Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont, the first American school specifically dedicated to ski racing. The...

George “Bub” Nelson, Jr., Lutsen Ski Area founder

George "Bub" Nelson
Passing Date: May 9, 2014

George Urban Nelson, Jr., founder of the Lutsen Ski Area in Minnesota, died May 9, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. He was 88. Bub Nelson grew up on the north shore of Lake Superior, at the summer resort operated on land his grandparents homesteaded in the 19th century. In 1943, when he...

Hall of Famer left lasting impact on the sport

Tom Jacobs
Passing Date: April 10, 2014

Tom Jacobs A Hall of Famer who touched every aspect of the sport, Tom Jacobs died April 10, 2014 at his Glens Falls, New York home. He was 87 and had just wrapped another ski season, spending 36 days on the slopes. Known worldwide as the owner of Reliable Racing Supply, Jacobs influenced skiing in...

Ski boot innovator

Mel Dalebout
Passing Date: March 31, 2014

Mel Dalebout Ski boot guru Mel Dalebout, 86, passed away peacefully March 31, in Sedona, Ariz., where he lived with his daughter Jan. As a first-string footballer, playing both offensive line and defensive back for the University of Utah, Mel Dalebout probably wasn’t supposed to go skiing. But...

Daughter of Jackrabbit Smith-Johannsen

Peggy Johannsen Austin
Passing Date: March 29, 2014

Peggy Johannsen Austin Peggy Johannsen Austin, daughter of Canada's pioneer skier Herman "Jackrabbit" Smith-Johnansen, died March 29 in Montreal, at age 95. Peggy grew up in the Adirondacks and Laurentians. During her competitive ski career, she won many races, including the 1937 Canadian...

U.S. Ski Team coach and sales manager

Tony Hedgecock
Passing Date: March 16, 2014

Tony Hedgecock   Former U.S. Ski team coach William Anson “Tony” Hedgecock Jr., 63, died on March 16, 2014 after a long battle with cancer.    Born in Flint, Michigan, he learned to ski at Caberfae. After graduating from the University of Utah, Hedgecock worked as a ski coach at Park West (now...

Politician and Crested Butte owner

Howard "Bo" Callaway
Passing Date: March 15, 2014

Bo Callaway Former Creste Butte owner Howard “Bo” Callaway, 86, died March 15, two years after suffering a massive stroke. Callaway graduated West Point in 1949 and served as a platoon leader in the Korean War. In 1953, with his parents, he founded Callaway Gardens, a resort in Pine Mountain,...

Renaissance man of Taos Ski Valley

Chilton Anderson
Passing Date: March 12, 2014

Chilton Anderson A leading spirt at Taos Ski Valley, Chilton Anderson died March 12, 2014 after a long illness. He was 85. A successful cattle rancher and virtuoso cellist, Anderson was the first ski instructor hired by Ernie Blake in 1955, and was a ski school supervisor for decades. In 1962 he...

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...