Tom Sims, Snowboard Innovator

Tom Sims
Passing Date: September 13, 2012

Both skiers and riders — pretty much anyone who likes to play in the snow — mourned the passing of snowboarding pioneer Tom Sims Sept. 13, 2012. Sims reportedly died of a heart attack at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif. Sims is credited with the development and invention of the first snowboard in...

Ivan Petkov, Shaped-ski innovator

Ivan Petkov
Passing Date: September 8, 2012

Aspen — Long time Roaring Fork resident Ivan Petkov passed away September 8, 2012 after a long and valiant battle with cancer. He set an inspiring example with his constant optimism, sense of humor and love for family, friends and sport. Always with a smile and infectious enthusiasm, Ivan could be...

Herbert Schneider, North Conway NH

Herbert Schneider
Passing Date: June 10, 2012

SON OF HANNES SCHNEIDER Former Cranmore Mountain owner/general manager Herbert Schneider, 92, of North Conway, died in Portland, Maine, June 10, 2012. Born May 20,1920, Schneider was the son of Ludwina (Seeberger) Schneider and legendary Austrian ski instructor Hannes Schneider (1890-1955) of St....

Jerry Berg, instructor and Coach

Jerry Berg
Passing Date: June 4, 2012

Donald Jerome “Jerry” Berg, aka Bergie, died in a bicycle accident near his home in Minturn, Colo., on June 4, 2012. He was 61. A natural athlete, Bergie grew up skiing in the Midwest and joined the Vail Ski School in the early 1970s. He was a PSIA trainer, examiner and alpine committee chair,...

Winter Park pioneer, Eskimo Ski Club founder

Frank Bulkley
Passing Date: April 18, 2012

By Jason Blevins, Denver Post Frank Bulkley II helped more kids go skiing than just about anyone out there. Bulkley, the founder of Denver’s venerable Eskimo Ski Club and the famed Ski Train, ferried tens of thousands of kids — and then their kids — between Denver and Winter Park every Saturday for...

Bob Smith, ski goggle inventor

Bob Smith
Passing Date: April 18, 2012

Bob Smith, the California orthodontist who invented the double-lens powder goggle, died in Palm Desert on April 18, 2012, from complications following surgery to implant a heart pacemaker. He was 78. Robert Earl Smith grew up in San Carlos, Calif. and attended Stanford and the San Francisco College...

Chris Gribbin, Quebec ski instruction pioneer

Chris Gribbin
Passing Date: March 10, 2012

Chris Gribbin, 90, died in March, 2012. In 1943, he was a founding member of the Ski Instructors Alliance of Canada and its first paid employee, running the office and training programs from 1949 to 1962. An English instructor at the Universityof Montreal, Chris also coached its ski team through...

Jill Kinmont Boothe, The Other Side of the Mountain

Jill Kinmont Boothe
Passing Date: February 9, 2012

If you’ve read the book or seen the film The Other Side of the Mountain, you know about California teenaged ski racer, Jill Kinmont, who suffered a catastrophic injury in a high-speed giant slalom at Alta, Utah, which left her in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Jill Kinmont Boothe died Feb...

Roger Buchika, racer and ski shop owner

Roger Buchika
Passing Date: December 18, 2011

Roger Buchika, 67, of Atkinson, N.H., died peacefully on Sunday, December 18, 2011. Roger was born in Haverhill October 31,1944, attended Haverhill schools, and graduated from Haverhill High School in 1962. Under the tutelage of Olympic skier Brooks Dodge, Roger earned the National Junior Slalom...

Warren Hellman, US Ski Team leader, Stratton, Sugar Bowl.

Warren Hellman
Passing Date: December 18, 2011

(US Ski Team relase, Dec. 20) – The U.S. Ski Team is mourning the loss of Warren Hellman, one of its former leaders and visionaries. Hellman, who passed away Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 at the age of 77, was a pivotal leader of the Team during the early stages of its rise to greatness in the late ’70s...