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...

Founder of Sipapu Ski Resort

Lloyd Bolander
Passing Date: January 20, 2014

Lloyd Bolander, founder of New Mexico’s Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, died on January 20, at his home in Vadito, N.M.  He was 86 years old. Bolander was born and raised in Penasco, N.M., and began skiing at age three on a wooded hillside near Taos. In 1950, with his wife Olive, he bought 13 acres...

Last of the Ski Bums

Ron Funk
Passing Date: January 19, 2014

The author (left) with Ron Funk, 2012 Ronald Maurice Funk, 1934-2013 By Dick Dorworth Ron Funk lived with a fierce, incandescent spirit that touched everyone who knew him, with an insistence on his own terms that friends adapted to. Ron, as they say, did his own thing. In 1952, at 19, he left a...

Pioneering Ski Country Architect

Henrik Bull
Passing Date: December 4, 2013

Henrik Bull, an influential architect whose passion for mountain design was firmly rooted in achieving a sense of place, passed away in early December near his home in Berkeley, California, at the age of 84. As one of the co-founders of the San Francisco design firm of Bull Stockwell Allen, Bull...

Founder of nordic training program in Yukon

Jean-Marie Mouchet
Passing Date: December 2, 2013

Father Jean-Marie Mouchet died in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, on December 2, 2013. He was 96. In the 1960s, he founded the Territorial Experimental Ski Training (TEST) program, which became an incubator for some of Canada’s top cross-country skiers.   Born in France in 1917, Mouchet started cross-...

Sugar Bowl ski school director and shop owner

Bill Klein
Passing Date: November 23, 2013

Wilhelm (Bill) Klein died on November 23, 2013, at his home in Incline Village, Nevada, at the age of 96. He was a longtime instructor, ski-school director and ski-shop owner at the Sugar Bowl resort near Lake Tahoe, California.   Klein was born in Austria and moved to the United States in 1934. In...