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R.I.P. Ski Bud

post #1 of 22
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On Sunday while hiking for turns on Mullan Mt. across from Lookout Pass Ski resort my long time partner died of a heart attack climbing for turns.  Van (Van Heim St. Maries Idaho) was not an active Bear but went with me a few years back to the Gathering at Jackson Hole.  We recently had a falling out but he is fondly remembered.

 

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Van on the left and myself Heli Skiing in BC 2 years ago.  RK Heliski.

 

 

 

ski bud Van on --------- well you'll have to come up and I'll show ya.

 

Van skiing the backside of Lookout Pass.  4 or 5 of us go up every October and over the years have chain sawed some pretty good lines off the NE side.

 

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Van skiing at Lookout on another crowded day in No. Idaho

 

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The crew at Jackson Hole, L to R Mr Kentucky, Ted Sorensen (died skiing at Squaw), Jon Ingall,s Van, Bob Peters and a Bear from Alaska

 

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 Van on the L then Jon, Ted and Doug  Taken on top of Targhee looking E toward the Tetons

 

 

Going through some pictures and adding a few here have made me realize that I have now lost my two best ski buds.  Ted was killed  skiing on KT22 at Squaw and Van died yesterday high in the Bitteroots hiking for turns.  Will miss them both.  A very sad and sobering experience, when you are my age (72) and start losing buds it sure makes you realize how fragile life is and how precious.  Rest in Peace friends.

post #2 of 22
RIP Van!

Tipping one to a past bud is becoming all to frequent.
post #3 of 22
Wow. I knew Van a little and skied some runs with him from time to time. Always had a smile on his face and his enthusiasm was always apparent--this is very sad news to hear frown.gif

zenny
post #4 of 22

Peace to you as you count the footprints he has left in your life. 

post #5 of 22

What a horrible thing to have happen while climbing for turns.  

 

That's really sad.  I remember him as a good skier who was fun to be around.

 

We just attended a memorial service yesterday for an outstanding woman who was a great skier and an even better human being.

 

It's just not right.

post #6 of 22
It's heartbreaking news.. I'll miss his unbreakable positivity.

My condolences to all of his closest friends.
post #7 of 22

Sorry for your loss.  Wishing peace for all his family and friends.

post #8 of 22

So sorry for your loss, Pete.  I remember Van and your crew from GT and JH and y'all seemed like fun guys and good friends.  ++vibes to his family and friends.

post #9 of 22
Crap, represent us Pete we're out of the country, and give our very best to Nancy. He and his smile will be sorely missed.
post #10 of 22

Condolences to Pete and to Bob as well.

 

I too lost a ski buddy who passed away in his sleep at Sun Peaks this past winter. Known as Stoner to his old Tod Mountain buds and as David to his newer Sun Peaks friends he was the skiing icon at the mountain.

 

In the mid 1070s he was forerunning a Downhill race at Panarama B.C and given the ok to proceed while unknown to the starter a snowcat was still on the course. David met the snowcat while midway through a blind 60 foot jump. He was lucky to survive the collision and not given much chance of skiing again. Even though he was left with some ankle joints that didn't move and one leg shorter than the other it never stopped him from skiing faster than most other skiers on the mountain.

 

Anyone who ever met Stoner would agree that Sun Peaks is a quieter, more sedate, and less loud and enthusiastic place these days.

post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the comments.  My two best ski buds are gone - sure changes ones perspective on skiing, the winter season and life.

post #12 of 22

Saddened to hear the news.. I'm sorry for your loss, Pete.

 

I shared some runs with Van over the years and will miss him and his enthusiasm on the hill. I'd see him most days I was out this year and say hello, he'd usually return with a "Good Morning" and a smile… a great guy, always stoked to be on snow.

 

RIP Van.


Edited by spknmike - 4/22/14 at 10:11am
post #13 of 22

+R.I.P.+

post #14 of 22

I'm sorry to hear about your friends passing. Life is to short, that is why we ALL need to cherish every minute with our friends and savor what we enjoy doing so much. 

post #15 of 22
Thanks for sharing Pete. Prayers and thoughts to you and the family.

I Guess there is one good thought, he passed while doing something he truly enjoyed. I wish that for all of us.
post #16 of 22
Hey Pete, and Bob, and Dano, sorry for the loss of what sound like well loved ski buddies. Hard to think of what else to say except that I'm constantly reminded of how fragile a miracle our lives are. Peace to all.
post #17 of 22

Pete, sorry for the loss of good friends.  It seems he lived a full and active life and has left behind good friends too soon.

post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post

Thanks for the comments.  My two best ski buds are gone - sure changes ones perspective on skiing, the winter season and life.

Sorry to hear about everyone's losses. Heart health is something we all need to pay attention to. When you're "getting on", you need more than your GP/internist physician, especially considering how our health system is deteriorating today. I've been visiting a cardiologist for the last few years in addition to the GP. My wife, who at 66 is eight years younger than I, just had a pacemaker installed.
post #19 of 22
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Thanks for sharing Pete. Prayers and thoughts to you and the family.

I Guess there is one good thought, he passed while doing something he truly enjoyed. I wish that for all of us.

 

 

Thanks, was going through some Big Sky stuff the other day, hope you are well, my best Pete

post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 

Celebration of Van's life will be the 17th of May at the Elks Lodge in downtown St. Maries, 1100 AM.

post #21 of 22

Sorry for your loss...

post #22 of 22

Pete, just saw this. Sorry for your loss, that is never easy on the soul.  

 

Put down some turns for Van on your next powder day, it helps. It is a food way to commune.  

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