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Hans Gmoser 1932-2006

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I apologize if this news has already circulated here.

Hans Gmoser died yesterday from injuries sustained in a cycling accident near Canmore in his beloved Western Canadian Mountains.
I got a chance to briefly meet and speak to the man this April at the awards ceremony for him at the Canadian Embassy here in DC. Modest, soft spoken. The strong, silent type. Looked great for mid-70s. What a life, pretty much invented heli-skiing. Spoke to me about his love of cycling, as well as skiing. He was surprised to hear we had ski hills with 1000feet/300meters of vertical within a few hours of DC.

In April of 2006, Hans was honored by the Honorable Michael Wilson, Ambassador of Canada to the United States, and Murray Smith, Minister Counselor for Alberta, at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, for his contribution to Canada’s mountain heritage.
While in Washington DC, Hans presented a retrospective featuring slides, film clips, and stories from his early days of climbing, guiding, heli-skiing and heli-hiking in the Rockies. The presentation was held at the Grosvenor Auditorium in the National Geographic Society Headquarters, as part of National Geographic’s Quest for Adventure series.

The 73-year-old from Canmore was active to the end. A spokesman for Canadian Mountain Holidays, the heli-skiing business Gmoser founded in 1965, said Gmoser was cycling Highway 1A alone Monday morning on the return leg of a 150-kilometre day trip from his home in Harvey Heights to Lake Louise and back. Marty von Neudegg said he wasn’t sure whether anyone saw Gmoser’s fall near Banff, but an unidentified tourist near the accident quickly began first aid and summoned help.

Gmoser was taken by ambulance to Banff Mineral Springs Hospital, then by STARS helicopter to Foothills Hospital. Von Neudegg confirmed Gmoser succumbed Wednesday afternoon to serious spinal injuries.

More details on his life:
http://www.cmhski.com/cgi-bin/newsPa...er=Story Page
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He was one of the visionaries of our sport. Rest in peace.
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meeting Hans Gmoser

I met Hans Gmoser once, right after the Bobbie Burns lodge opened...I don`t remember the exact date. I believe in the early/middle 70`s....This man came up to me in the lodge that evening after he heard that I fell into a tree hole that day...we had a marvelous conversation--the next day the man in his trademark white capo skied with us. Indeed, Nolo, he was a visionary . I bought the same white capo when I returned home and wore it for years.....somehow , it eventually dissapeared.... I will always remember him as a true gentleman and athlete..

Larry C
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I hadn't heard that. At 73 it is too soon for a guy that active, OTOH he went doing something he enjoyed on a beautiful piece of road I have cycled far too many times. CMH has lost some good ones the last couple of years with Mark Kingsbury whom Hans handed the reins too passing on his motorized 2 wheels.

It's a bad week around these parts as I just found out a friend who was ski school director at Kicking Horse was killed on the weekend.

RIP Hans and Colin Young.
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