In Memoriam

  • Donald Sawyer

    Longtime PSIA Member Don Sawyer from Eskimo Ski Club passed away on February 15, 2016.  Click here to view the full obituary >  
  • Karen Lyons

    Longtime PSIA Member and former examiner Karen Lyons passed away on October 1st after a courageous battle with cancer. Karen taught for the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen for 15 years. She taught at Winter Park, Powderhorn, Purgatory, Keystone and in New Zealand in the past. Image 6  
  • Marty Gotantas

    Longtime PSIA Member Marty Gotantas passed away on October 5, 2015 after a brief battle with melanoma. Marty achieved his PSIA Alpine Level 3 while teaching at Keystone Ski School and then moved to Arapahoe Basin where he ran events and the ski school for a few years. Click here to view a full obituary >
  • Steven Michael Holland

    1949-2015 Steven Michael Holland, 66, of Eagle-Vail, Colorado since 1991, passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2015, at his home. He was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on May 20, 1949, to Lewis William Holland and Ila Jeanne (Miller) Holland. Steven graduated from Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado in 1967 and attended the University of Colorado with a major in architecture.  Skiing and being a ski instructor was a big part of Steve’s life. He started his career in 1966 in Winter Park and continued through 2012 with Vail Resorts. During that time, he was a line instructor, supervisor, training manager, product manager and a general manager. He was also part of the PSIARM Alpine Examiner’s Staff, a member of the Board of Directors and a chairman of the Membership Management Committee.  He was also the owner of Holland Construction, which specialized in excavation. Steven had many interests including bicycling, motorcycling, fishing, hunting, golfing, traveling and was also a certified scuba diver. He was a gentle, caring soul that lived life to the fullest and with passion. Steven is survived by his mother Ila Holland of Loveland, Colorado; brother Larry Holland and wife Joy of Granby, Colorado; sister Rhonda Skeie and husband Craig of Nederland, Colorado; niece Crystal Beecken and husband Ken of Northglenn, Colorado; nephew Erik Skeie of Northglenn as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and other family and friends. He is preceded in death by his father. Please visit the website at for Steven’s online obituary and to leave a condolence for his family. Memorial gifts may be sent to:  Shaw Cancer Center, P.O. Box 2559, Edwards, CO  81632.  Please note “In honor of Steven Holland” on the gift. Steven Holland
  • Wally Dobbs

    I can’t wait for the moment...the moment I am skiing down my favorite run having the time of my life and I will hear him. I will hear his chuckle and know he is there, enjoying the run with me because while Wally Dobbs may have left us in body, he will always be with us on the hill. For those of us who knew Wally, we all had that moment with him, the story on the chairlift that made you laugh out loud or inspired you to be a better teacher, skier or person.  For those who didn’t know him, you should take a moment and read about him. The impact he had on the industry, especially in New Mexico will long outlive all of us. He had a way of igniting an excitement in sliding that I can’t describe. He had endless stories about moments with instructors or guests that sounded magical and he told them to anyone who would listen. He had a passion for the industry that was contagious. Let us all honor him by telling our stories to anyone who will listen. Share your best moments on the hill, talk of the secrets that lie within your trees on snow filled days and that magic moment with a guest. Do this and Wally will live on forever because if there is one thing that was certain, it was that Wally wanted the world to know the feeling he had every time he skied the “backside” of Red River. So this isn’t goodbye Wally Dobbs, we all look forward to sliding with you again, hearing your laughter as you are nipping at our tails with your buddy Drew not far behind. Much Love and Remembrance, Dana Forbes Wally Dobbs
  • Patricia Summers

    Patricia Summers, 61, died on June 19, 2015 in Golden, Colorado, from heart failure due to complications of valvular heart disease caused by congenital heart defects. Patti was born on March 26, 1954, in Teaneck, New Jersey.  Patti was a longtime resident of Nyack, New York and most recently an eight-year resident of Frisco, Colorado. A proud certified level III ski teacher and 20-year member of PSIA, Patti was a very dedicated and caring ski teacher to all; teaching at Windham Mountain in New York and Copper Mountain in Colorado.  She will be remembered for her know-no-limits personality that shined with passion, loyalty, love and most of all fun.  She was a true Renaissance woman with impressive and unsurpassed competencies: pilot, sailor, ski teacher, pianist, guitar player and interior decorator.  There was no craft or project, big or small that she could not master. Patti is survived by daughter Brooke Summers and beloved Australian Shepherd companion Aly.   She is preceded in death by her parents, Edmund and Rosalie Smith.  Patti will be deeply missed as a mother, mentor, teacher and friend. Submitted by Jennie Crossley Patricia Summers
  • Robert W. Craig

    Robert W. Craig, visionary, scholar, and mountaineering legend, died on January 16, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. He was 90. Bob was one of the first ski instructors to be certified under the Professional Ski Instructors of America while he was living in Aspen. Click here to view a full obituary >
  • Buzz Bainbridge

    Buzz (A.G.) Bainbridge passed away January 11, 2015. Buzz began his PSIA-Rocky Mountain membership in January 1958 and has been granted lifetime membership during the 2013/14 season. He was involved in the development of the ski business since the mid 1940's. Click here to view a full obituary >
  • Eleanor 'Petie' Van Everen

    Eleanor "Petie" Van Everen died on October 20, 2014. A lifelong skier and racer, she coordinated the women's program as well as Eldora Mountain Resorts' outstanding kids program "ski trek." She was certified Alpine II with Rocky Mountain Division. Many women and young people from Boulder and the front range credit her wonderful enthusiasm and skill for their own continued love of skiing. We will miss you Petie! Petie