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Goodbye Stu Campbell

post #1 of 57
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Skiing had a big loss today. Stu was really one of a kind and will be missed by so many. He's really been struggling for a while now, but he's so strong he just couldn't give up until now. He lived to ski. Not just to ski, but to teach skiing. He really rallied to come ski with us at ESA last year. I think he got just as much from his students as they did from him.

It's really easy to be sad about it, but just remembering him makes me smile.

Goodbye Stu.
post #2 of 57
Rest in peace Stu.
post #3 of 57
Goodbye, Stu. The world is greatly diminished with your passing.

Peace be with you, Carol.
post #4 of 57
I first met Stu Campbell many years ago when he was at Heavenly in CA. For those years that he was in the west our paths crossed many times & I would, like many 100's of others consider him a mentor in many ways. Stu treated everyone he met as if they were very important to him, & always remembered something personal. Although I haven't seen him in many years, things he said, advice I got & things that I learned from him will always be remembered.
It was great to know you Stu!
post #5 of 57
I feel fortunate to have had the chance to ski and visit with him last year. My condolences go out to his family.

Epic, can you get us an address to send our respects and condolences to his wife?

Thanks for letting us know. I will miss him at Stowe this year.
post #6 of 57
Very sad news. I too am glad to have met Stu. He did a lot for our sport.
post #7 of 57
I never got the chance to meet Stu, but I can't tell you how many of his columns and articles I've read over the years.

Rest in Peace.

post #8 of 57
I don't know much about Stu, except that I read a hundred of his instructional columns in SKI.

It seems he lived a perfect life, a consummate instructor, doing what he loved, and achieving the pinnacle of his profession.

He projected smiling contentment. May we all be so lucky.
post #9 of 57
I feel fortunate to have had a conversation with him at Stowe last year. He will definitely be missed!
post #10 of 57
Farewell to an amazing man.
post #11 of 57
I was fortunate to have Stu as my ESA coach a few years ago. What a wonderful and inspiring man. Rest in peace, Stu.

This is so sad.
post #12 of 57
A great teacher.
A better friend.
post #13 of 57
I met Stu in '74 but I had already been inspired by his book several years earlier.

When I visted him this summer, he was pleased that I could still quote from it, as he was pleased to have made a contribution--to me, and to thousands of others.

I got to see him more in the last three years than I did in the last thirty--talking, riding motorcycles, laughing, arguing, and generally me enjoying his unique and wonderful outlook on life and skiing.

I'll miss him a lot, and am in awe of his battle against prostate cancer--like 19 years.

I'm equally in awe of, and grateful for, his wife Carol, who took such amazing care of him for so long and with such deep love.

I've learned so much from both of them.

Make sure and listen to the podcast of Stu. Thanks for making this happen SSH!

We've all been touched by his work in the ski world--either directly or indirectly.

And, I'm grateful that he is finally out of pain.

Bless you, my friend, and thank you.
post #14 of 57
It was not so much what he said or wrote, but the way he acted. I am a better man for the time I got to spend with him.
post #15 of 57
The passing of a true legend, an icon in the skiing and ski instruction world, and one of the most passionate students of the sport and of life that I have ever had the pleasure to meet...

Stu was an early inspiration to me when I began teaching--a rockstar-status legend I knew only through his writings. Ski With the Big Boys was one of the first instructional books I ever read, and the impression it made on me greatly influenced my journey as an instructor.

It was an extreme pleasure and honor to finally meet Stu and work with him at the EpicSki Academies in Stowe. He was the consummate pro, and yet one of the humblest people I've known. Through health issues that weakened him physically, the pure joy and passion he held for the sport of skiing and the profession of ski instruction, never waned. Many times I'd hear his students sing his praises and talk of the great times and brilliant breakthroughs they'd had with Stu, but he'd always insist that he had had more fun that day than any of them. I believed it, and it made me smile.

I can only hope to maintain the positive outlook and pure delight in learning and helping others learn that Stu demonstrated--always, no matter what, without conditions. He combined genius, generosity, skill, and humility like few others.

Stu, it was an honor to know you, and I will miss your inspiration and spirit! Thank you for being a mentor and guru for me through the decades. Thank you for being my friend in recent years. I hope you realized what an honor it was for me!

My annual pilgrimage to Stowe for the ESA will not be the same, but I know that we'll feel Stu's presence and influence, everywhere. His was, as far as I could tell, a life perfectly lived.

Best regards,
post #16 of 57
Farewell Stu,

Your legacy and memory will be carried by all of the wonderful instructors you inspired.

post #17 of 57
I feel fortunate to have met him. I am blessed by the special way he touched my heart.
I recall his humour injected in clear knowledge on the Coaches panel at Stowe last year.
Stu, you made me smile

Peace to his lovely wife.
post #18 of 57
Stu was one of my Examiners when I went for certification. We were the last group on the hill and I was the last to teach. At the end he looked at me and said "nice job". I was floored.

I sat with him for a few minutes in a private conversation once the exam was over. His passion and outlook on the sport was inspiring and stayed with me to this day.
post #19 of 57
I too met Stu at the ETU (ESA) and had but one conversation with him. That brief contact showed me what an incredible man he was.

As long as we remember him, he will live.
post #20 of 57
I had the opportunity to meet Stu at several of the ESA-Stowe events over the years, and I'd see him several times when I went to Stowe to go skiing as well. He always recognized me and would come over to say a few words. He always struck me as being a very humble and generous man who always brightened my day whenever we spoke. I'll miss seeing and talking to him when I head up to Stowe this winter.

post #21 of 57
As in every walk of life, whether it's in sports, politics or religion, when a Pioneer and Representative and leader passes away, there is a void left. Stu, even though I never met the man, was certainly all of these. The void will be there forever. The skiing world will be missing something. Like the WW2 veterans who are mostly gone. I wonder if there will ever be people like them to step in when needed. I've read most of everything Stu wrote. We'll always be able to do that. Thanks Stu for what you've given to me and the sport I so love.
post #22 of 57
Notice how those around him were drawn to listen carefully.

post #23 of 57

Thanks for posting that picture. I'm turned away from the camera, but I'm paying attention to Stu.
post #24 of 57
I'm so sad to hear this news. My heart goes out to his family and friends. I'm lucky to have spent a little time watching him work his craft. What I learned in that brief time was not so much how to ski or how to teach but rather how to relate to people. The time he shared with me has been among the most enriching times I've spent on snow.

Rest in peace Stu and may your family and friends find peace of mind and soul.
post #25 of 57

Two years before that pic.

Stu gave me the tools I have today.

post #26 of 57
I considered it an honor to have met Stu at ESA Stowe 3 years ago, and a gift to speak with him and hear his stories at the Stowe events since then.

My heart is sad today, and my condolences go out to Carol and to all who were touched by this gentle, generous man.
post #27 of 57
No better compliment can be paid than that, comprex.

Peace for Stu and his family.
post #28 of 57
I met Stu at ESA Stowe in the bar at StoweFlake. He knew who I was before we were introduced and I did not know him at all. Damn - he was good.

Bonni - btw - I run, but I'm still rusty.
post #29 of 57
Thanks for the photo, Trekchick. Only after working together at a few of the Stowe events did Stu and I figure out that we knew each other many years before at Middlebury College. If it hadn't been for the EpicSki events at Stowe, I may never have met him again - and I'm so glad I did and had the opportunity to interact with him on and off the hill. Like millions of others, I basically knew him as the guy who did the instruction articles in SKI Magazine. How wonderful for him, and for us, that he could reach so many passionate skiers.

Rest in peace, Stu.
post #30 of 57
Never met Stu Campbell but certainly read many of his instructional pieces like many of us. I can clearly remeber a number of years ago in the springwhile riding the Centennial lift at Beaver Creek, I saw him skiing below testing next years skis for Ski Magazine. I was thrilled to have spotted him. I have an old tape upstairs (pre shaped skis) sponsored by Olin Skis where Stu at the end talks about tuning skis and the satisfaction he gets from feeling the edge of a well tuned ski. Sad news indeed.
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