Earl Holding, owner of Sun Valley, Snow Basin, Sinclair Oil, and hotels in the Western U.S. died Friday at age 86.
He had had health problems for several years, having previously suffered a stroke.
He invested a lot in Sun Valley since acquiring it in 1977, including high speed lifts, extensive snow-making, upscale day lodges, a music pavilion and resort renovations.
One topic of chairlift conversation has been what was going to happen when Earl passed from the scene. I guess we'll find out.
Meanwhile, I'm off to ski Snowbird today.