Calvin R. Cantrell Jr.

Aspen, CO Colorado

Calvin R. Cantrell, Jr. of Naples, Fla. passed away in his sleep at 5:40 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010. Born in Monticello, N.Y. on Aug. 21,1928, he was the son of Calvin R. Cantrell and Mae McQuade Cantrell.

Cal grew up in the Catskill Mountains and graduated from Monticello High School in 1946, after which he began his career in professional alpine skiing as an instructor in the Catskills, moving on to Bear Gulch, Idaho and then Bellearye Mountain, N.Y. He became the head of Pico Peak, Vt. Ski School and subsequently moved to Lake Placid, N.Y. to head the ski school at Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondacks.

Cal’s career continued to move up in the ski industry as he became the mountain manager at Mount Mansfield in Stowe, Vt. and then out to Aspen where he continued to instruct until his retirement in 2006. For 14 years, Cal, a.k.a. the “Silver Fox,” coached the U. S. Demonstration Team for the Professional Ski Instructors of America. He received several honorable awards over the years, including the U. S. Ski Association Golden Certificate, and his favorite, induction into the Skiers Hall of Fame. Calvin retired to Naples, Fla. in 2006 where he spent his time golfing and tarpon fishing.

He was preceded in death by his son, Calvin “Chip” Cantrell, III of Naples, Fla.

Cal is survived by his two daughters, Lynn C. Goods of Naples, Fla. and Cristy Cobb of Denver; and a son, Craig Cantrell, of Sammamish, Wash.

A memorial service in Cal’s honor will be held this coming spring in Aspen. For online condolences, please go to:


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