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Celebrating a Life: Bruce Sato

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Bruce Sato, 45, supervisor and staff trainer with the Squaw Ski and Snowboard School, former PSIA-National Snowboard Team member and longtime AASI-W trainer/examiner, was tragically killed in a kiteboarding accident on Washoe Lake in California.

Bruce enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the ski industry, starting at Ski Roundtop in the early 80s. He then moved west, through the years serving as instructor and staff trainer at Mammoth Mountain, as supervisor and staff trainer at Squaw, and as Ski School Director at Mt Hood Meadows and Mt Bachelor. Most recently he worked as supervisor and head trainer for exam candidates (both ski & snowboard) at Squaw. Throughout that time he served as divisional trainer/examiner for PSIA/AASI-W.

An avid outdoorsperson, Bruce brought an unbridled passion and enthusiasm for the mountains to his work—directly touching the lives of many thousands of people.

A memorial service is scheduled June 25 on the Sundeck at Squaw Valley.

In memory of Bruce Sato

A memorial service will held
June 25, 2006
At 11 a.m.
On the Olympic House Sundeck,
Squaw Valley USA, California

Cards or condolences may be sent for delivery to Bruce’s mother care of:
Mike and Evie Costello
P.O. Box 3496
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
No flowers, please.

Donations may be conveyed care of: Lamar Parker
10419 Briar Circle
Truckee, CA 96161
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No words can describe a loss such as this.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
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So sad. Thanks for sharing this...
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I worked with Bruce at Roundtop more than twenty years ago now. More importantly I had the pleasure to ski with him nearly every day. I'll always remember him as one of the best skiers on the mountain and the passion he had for skiing.
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My condolences.
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Gosh, the husband of my husband's cousin died in a similar freak accident about a year ago here in Colorado. Jeff was a true expert in wind sports ... just a freak thing.

My condolences.
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Thanks for passing on that information. I got a chance to work on a project with Bruce a little while ago (Snowboard Task Force) and thought he had substantial knowledge and insights to share with the group throughout the whole revise/rewrite process. He was also a great guy to ride with.
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