Ski fashion editor, journalist

Patricia Doran
Passing Date: November 20, 2020

Pat Doran, the fashion journalist who covered the skiwear scene for a generation, died November 30, 2020, in New York City. Pat grew up in a colorful, complex and prosperous family in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Bryn Mawr and in 1953 graduated from Atlanta’s Oglethorpe University. She then...

Ski jumper, inventor

Peter Florjančič
Passing Date: November 14, 2020

Peter Florjančič, the prolifically inventive ski jumper who patented the endless-carpet ski deck (among 400 other patents), died November 14 in his home town of Bled, Slovenia. He was 101 years old. Florjančič was born in Bled, where his family owned several resort hotels. At age 16, he competed as...

Aspen and Keystone CEO, environmental pioneer

Bob Maynard
Passing Date: November 11, 2020

Bob Maynard, a chief executive of several Colorado resorts and an early advocate of corporate environmental activism, died of natural causes at his home on Orcas Island, Washington, on November 11, at the age of 93. Born in Oakland, California, Maynard was introduced to the wilderness by Earl...

Boreal founder, NSAA president

Jay Price
Passing Date: October 30, 2020

Jay Price, a founder of Boreal Ridge Ski Area and longtime president of the National Ski Areas Association, died Oct. 30 after a four-year struggle with laryngeal cancer. He was 88 years old. Jay Edwin Price grew up in Pioche, Nevada and Eureka, Utah. He attended high school in Provo, Utah, where...

Race coach, instruction innovator

Izzy Ture
Passing Date: October 23, 2020

Isadore (Izzy) John Ture, one of the most influential instructors of his time, passed away October 23 in Saratoga Springs, New York, at the age of 87. He had a long and prominent career in the ski world, most notably with Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA), where he developed the...

Patron Saint of Taos Ski Valley

Jean Mayer
Passing Date: October 10, 2020

Jean Marie Mayer, the 1953 French junior champion who became founding director of the Taos ski school and owner of the Hotel St. Bernard, died October 10 at a hospital in Santa Fe, attended by his life-partner Elise Waters Olonia and his daughter Monique Jacobsen. Jean was 85, and suffering from...

Resort executive, U.S. Hall of Fame honored member

Phil Gravink
Passing Date: October 9, 2020

Resort founder and executive, U.S. Hall of Fame member and ski safety advocate Phil Gravink died October 9. He was 85. Gravink grew up on a 460-acre dairy farm in western New York. From there he went to Cornell University in the early 1950s, where he excelled at crew. After success at international...

Stenmark's coach

Jean-Pierre Chatellard
Passing Date: September 23, 2020

Jean-Pierre Chatellard, who coached Ingemar Stenmark for decade, died September 23 at his home Chimney Rock, Colorado, after a year-long fight with cancer. He was 73. (Photo above: J.P. Chatellard with Stig Strand at Tarnaby, 1983) Born and raised in Megève, he Chatellard became a slalom coach for...

Innovative manufacturer

Josef Fischer
Passing Date: August 29, 2020

Josef Fischer Jr., who built his family firm into a market share leader through innovative manufacturing techniques, died August 29 at age 90.   Fischer AG was founded in 1924 by his father, a cartwright in Ried Im Innfreis, in flat farmland near Salzburg. By 1938, in addition to building wagons,...

Historian, ISHA Award winner

Pierre Dumas
Passing Date: August 14, 2020

Pierre Dumas, ski historian, engineer and 2017 ISHA Cyber Award winner passed away on August 14. He was 78. A passionate skier and ski historian, Dumas contributed extensive original research and finished projects for the Laurentian Ski Museum, and still managed to ski more than 80 days annually at...