PORTLAND, OR - U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame
member Richard Kohnstamm, the visionary who pioneered summer racing camps on Mount Hood
's glacier and transformed Timberline Lodge
on Mount Hood from a shuttered Depression Era hotel into the nation's first ski area to be designated a National Historic Landmark, has died.
Kohnstamm, who was born and educated in New York City, managed the renowned lodge from 1955 until 1992 when his son Jeff took over. Kohnstamm died Friday night, April 21 at age 80.
"I've known him when I was an athlete in the sixties and we had a couple of training camps at Timberline, was [U.S.] alpine director, now as president and CEO of the [U.S.] ski team and as a fellow Hall of Fame member. Richard not only was a greater supporter of the ski team, he was quite a visionary," said USSA
President and CEO Bill Marolt
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