A-Basin, Keystone co-founder Max Dercum dies
October 1, 2011
EVERGREEN, Colo. – Max Dercum, a co-founder of Arapahoe Basin and Keystone ski resorts in Colorado and of the Professional Ski Instructors of America, has died.
Dercum died in Jefferson County, Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson said Friday without providing further details. He was 98.
Dercum and his wife, Edna, were among a group of partners who developed Arapahoe Basin, which opened in 1946. Keystone opened in 1970 and is now owned by Vail Resorts Inc.
Edna Dercum died in 2008.
Both are in the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.
“Nobody had a greater love of skiing than Max Dercum,” Bill Bergman, Dercum’s long-time friend and co-founder of Keystone, told the Summit Daily News. “And probably nobody knew more about technique and equipment.”
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A-Basin Chief Operating Officer Alan Henceroth called Max Dercum a visionary.
Born in Cleveland on Oct. 2, 1912, Dercum was part of Cornell University’s first ski team. He taught forestry at Penn State, where he coached the university’s first ski racing team, according to the Hall of Fame.
“Max is leaving a legacy that will be remembered by all who enjoy skiing and riding Keystone Mountain today as well as for generations to come,” Keystone general manager John Buhler said in a written statement.
“The Keystone and Vail Resorts family is grateful for Max’s contributions and indelible mark on both Summit County and the ski industry,” Buhler said.