Bob Ferguson, Ski Market founder

Bob Ferguson
Passing Date: December 11, 2011

Robert L. Ferguson of Osterville, Mass. passed away peacefully with his family beside him on Dec. 11, 2011 from complications of pneumonia. Bob was born in Jamestown, N.D. on Dec. 7, 1932, son of the late Clifford and Gertrude (May) Ferguson. He was raised in Minneapolis and graduated from the...

Joy Lucas, Northwest ski instructor

Joy Piles Lucas
Passing Date: November 25, 2011

Joy Piles “Lucky” Lucas, 94, died inSpokane,Wash., in February, 2011. Raised by Forest Service parents at the Barlow Pass Ranger Station, she began skiing in 1938 and soon married Jim Lucas. Beginning in 1940, the couple ran the Deer Park Ski Lodge and ski school in the Olympic Range. In 1941, Joy...

Yvan Pierre Taché, instructor

Yvan Pierre Tache
Passing Date: October 11, 2011

Yvan Pierre Taché passed away peacefully, at his home in Carbondale, Colorado, on October 11th, 2011 surrounded by his loving wife and five children. He was 86 years old. Born April 16th, 1925, in the village of St. Jovite, in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains, with nearby Mont Tremblant rising into...

Ed Pauls, NordicTrack inventor

Ed Pauls
Passing Date: October 9, 2011

Ed Pauls, 80, inventor of the NordicTrack exercise machine and a member of the Rosemount ski boot engineering team, died Oct. 9 at his home in Montrose, Colo. Edward Arthur Pauls was born on Aug. 28, 1931, in Sheboygan, Wis., and grew up on a dairy farm near Wausau. He graduated from the University...

Max Dercum, Colorado A-Basin and Keystone co-founder

Max Dercum
Passing Date: September 30, 2011

BY CADDIE NATH SUMMIT DAILY NEWS, Oct 1 – Co-founder of two of Summit County’s four ski resorts and local legend Max Dercum died Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 just days shy of his 99th birthday. Dercum passed away at a retirement home in Evergreen, where he lived, Jefferson County coroners confirmed. It...

Louis Cochand, Canadian Racer and resort owner

Louis Cochand
Passing Date: July 17, 2011

Louis Emile Cochand died on July 17, 2011 at the age of 94. A leader and top competitor in the second generation of organized Canadian skiing, Cochand was born into the most famous family of racing and resort-building in Quebec’s Laurentians. Louis was the son of Swiss ski instructor Emile...

Bonnie Prudden, Fitness guru and early female patroller

Bonnie Prudden
Passing Date: July 11, 2011

Bonnie Prudden, the fitness pioneer who influenced physical education for millions of American kids, passed away at her home in Tucson on December 11, 2011. She was 97. “You can’t turn back the clock, but you can wind it up again,” she told her students and patients, and that is how she lived her...

Marnie Jump, Colorado A- Basin Co-Founder

Marnie Jump
Passing Date: June 23, 2011

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area’s 2011 season opener marked the first time in 64 years that Marjorie Brown “Marnie” Jump wasn’t around to witness the festivities. Jump, of Denver, passed away in June. Jump came to A-Basin after serving four years in the Navy during World War II. Initially she found herself...

Jack Fisher, founder of Catamount and Jiminy Peak ski areas

Jack Fisher
Passing Date: June 14, 2011

John Falconer Fisher III – Jack Fisher – died June 14, 2011 in Barre,Vt., at 97. In 1939, Fisher took advantage of snow trains hauling skiers from New York City to nearby Hillsdale, N.Y., to open a couple of rope tows on land he bought 2.5 miles east, on the Massachusetts state line, naming the...

John Litchfield

John Litchfield
Passing Date: June 10, 2011

10th Mountain veteran, Aspen pioneer John Litchfield, a 10th Mountain Division veteran who helped build Aspen into a premier resort, died June 10, 2011 at age 93. Born in Lisbon Falls, Maine, and raised in Auburn, Litchfield skied from early childhood. He became a successful four-way skier,...