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RIP Hunter Mountain's Orville Slutzky

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It is with great sadness that I announce the passing today of a ski industry icon Orville Slutzky that built Hunter Mountain as the Snow Making Capital of the world.  Orville was a great leader and a great man that helped bring skiing to masses in NY City starting in the early 1960s.   He had a lasting positive impression on me growing up in Hunter and working at Hunter Mountain for a few years.  Orville  will be deeply missed. My condolences go out to the entire Slutzky family.

 

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They don't make 'em like that anymore. And the same thing could be said about his ski area.
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Is his brother still living? Would Orville had been in his 90's?
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Is his brother still living? Would Orville had been in his 90's?

 

First I want to correct the spelling.  The correct spelling is slutzky with a z .   If someone could fix this I would greatly appreciate it. 

 

Orville's brother Izzy died several years ago but the ownership had already changed even prior to his passing, Hunter is owned by the 2nd generation Slutzkys; Paul, Carol, Gary, David & CB.

 

Orville was 96 years young.


Here is some more information. 

 

Orville Sluzky 1917 - 2013

 

The History of Hunter Mountain

 

Here is an awesome preseason snowmaking video.

 

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First I want to correct the spelling.  The correct spelling is slutzky with a z .

 

Orville was 96 years young.


Here is some more information. 

 

Orville Sluzky 1917 - 2013

 

The History of Hunter Mountain

 

Check -name.   Thanks catskills for this post and great history link.

Sorry to hear of his passing.  96 is a great old age.  He was an innovator and all around nice guy.

 

I heard once (Confirmation needed ) a ski run he wanted from the top was blocked by a huge cliff but

he used a lot of dynamite to blast away the top off the cliff so the run could be built! !

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I met him, at Hunter of course, back around 1972.  Funny story but one I should save it for another time.

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I heard once (Confirmation needed ) a ski run he wanted from the top was blocked by a huge cliff but

he used a lot of dynamite to blast away the top off the cliff so the run could be built! !

Probably true.  The Slutzky brothers did road construction before they went into the ski business.  They used a fair amount of explosives in the 1960s building Hunter Mountain. 

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RIP. Sad to hear. He was a great guy, Long story but Orville and his wife took me and my now wife out to dinner after we got engaged on the mountain.  He told us stories about how they bought the mountain for like $1 because the previous owner thought the land was worthless.

 

I'll miss seeing him picking up lunch trays in the lodge.

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The Slutzkys are quite used to having their name misspelled as it more often misspelled than it is used correctly.  The are quite gracious about it. Orville was quite a guy.

 

The story about the dynamite applies to the entire mountain.  There were many skeptics that Hunter could be a ski resort, but Orville and Israel would have none of it.

 

Rest in peace sir.

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