Shaped-ski pioneer

Reinhard Fischer
Passing Date: March 23, 2023

Reinhard Fischer, the amateur racer, coach and promoter who was an early advocate of deeply-waisted skis for slalom and recreational skiing, died on March 23 at age 90. By profession a nursery gardener in Hinterbrühl, a suburb of Vienna, Fischer became a keen Alpine racer and promoter of dryland...

Networked salesman

Richard Cutler
Passing Date: January 30, 2023

Dick Cutler, a member of the ISHA Board of Directors and longtime sales rep for Skiing Magazine, died at aged 93 at his home, with family and friends in attendance. . Dick was born in Farsund, Norway and raised in Cincinnati and Philadelphia. He graduated from Friend Select School and the...

Pioneering knee surgeon

Richard Steadman
Passing Date: January 20, 2023

Dr. J. Richard “Steady” Steadman, the pioneering orthopedic surgeon who saved the knees and ankles of generations of ski racers, died in his sleep at home in Vail, Colorado on January 20, at age 85. Steadman invented revolutionary surgical methods that saved the careers of hundreds of skiers,...

Resort exec, award-winning author

Chris Diamond
Passing Date: January 12, 2023

Chris Diamond, who led Mount Snow and Steamboat through seminal moments in the resort business and earned the industry’s highest honor, died Jan. 12, 2023, of pancreatic cancer. He was 76 years old.                “What really set Chris apart was his down-to-earth demeanor,” recalls Rob Perlman,...

Olympic triple-medalist, World Cup champ

Rosi Mittermaier
Passing Date: January 4, 2023

“Golden Rosi” Mittermaier, who scored two golds and a silver at the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics, died January 4, 2023, at age 72. According to her family, she had suffered a “long and painful illness.” After her three medals at Innsbruck, Mittermaier went on to win the 1976 overall, slalom and combined...

Pioneering Ski Mountaineer

Hilaree Nelson
Passing Date: September 26, 2022

Hilaree Nelson, an extreme skier and barrier-breaking ski mountaineer, died on September 26. She was 49. Nelson, with her life and climbing partner Jim Morrison, was skiing from the summit of Manaslu, the world’s eighth-highest peak, when they triggered an avalanche that swept her over a cliff....

Olympic Jumper, Coach, 10th Mountain Veteran

Crosby Perry-Smith
Passing Date: September 23, 2022

Crosby Perry-Smith, ski jumper, coach and 10th Mountain Division veteran, died on September 23 at age 98. Perry-Smith graduated from Lake Placid High School. At age 14, he won the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships in the 18-year-old class. At 17, he won the Maine State Championships, setting the hill...

Olympic Photographer

Carl Yarbrough
Passing Date: September 14, 2022

Carl Yarbrough, veteran Olympic photographer, died on September 14 due to complications caused by sepsis. He was 65. Yarbrough grew up in Arlington, Texas. A skilled skier, Yarbrough specialized in outdoor winter shoots. During his 35-year career as a photographer, he covered nine Winter Olympics....

Taos Legend

Dadou Mayer
Passing Date: August 16, 2022

Bernard “Dadou” Mayer, Taos ski instructor and hotelier, died August 16 at age 82. Mayer, with his older brother Jean, grew up racing in the southern Alps north of Nice, and was a regional junior champion. He trained as a chef and hotelier, and taught skiing at Club Med in Leysin, Switzerland. In...

Stowe skiing legend

Marvin Moriarty
Passing Date: April 20, 2022

Vermont skiing legend Marvin Moriarty died suddenly on April 20, 2022 in West Palm Beach, Florida, victim of a hit-and-run accident. He was 85. Photo above by Paul Ryan: Marv training on Spruce Peak, 1961. Moriarty grew up in Stowe, Vermont, living in a boarding house owned by his parents, who...