Lifelong skier who helped revitalize struggling Idaho ski resort ‘died suddenly’ at 77

Jon Reveal, the previous president of Tamarack Resort who helped revitalize the struggling ski space, died unexpectedly final week, resort officers stated. He was 77.

Reveal took over as head of the Donnelly resort in 2018 when it was purchased by a newly fashioned partnership, Tamarack Resort Holdings. He helped information the ski space, which had sat half-finished for a decade, because it resumed building on its Village base space, reinstalled repossessed ski lifts and started planning an enormous enlargement.

“Jon was a pal to all who crossed his path,” Tamarack officers stated in a information launch. “The enjoyment and keenness he had for snowboarding and recreating within the mountains was contagious.”

In 2020, Reveal stepped down as president. He grew to become Tamarack’s director of snowboarding, and the resort named its ski faculty after him later that yr.

Reveal grew up snowboarding mountains in California, in keeping with his Tamarack on-line biography. He additionally hung out coaching in France, the place he met filmmaker Warren Miller. Reveal appeared in 15 of Miller’s snowboarding movies.

Previous to becoming a member of Tamarack, Reveal had labored in administration at a number of different ski resorts, together with Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Snowboarding Firm and the Yellowstone Membership. Reveal loved mountain biking, climbing and climbing along with snowboarding. In 1983, he summited Mt. Everest in an expedition with out Sherpa guides or oxygen provides.

The small print of Reveal’s dying weren’t instantly clear. Tamarack officers stated solely that he “died out of the blue” on the resort on Feb. 24. Plans for a memorial will probably be made public at a later date, however the resort honored Reveal on Saturday by ringing the ski faculty bell 3 times, holding a second of silence and setting off a salute of six explosive expenses on the summit of the mountain.

Reveal’s spouse, Kim Waltrip, requested donations be made for the ski faculty’s scholarship program in lieu of flowers. He’s survived by two sons, one stepson and 4 grandchildren.

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