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Gosta Johnnie Johnson

Gosta Johnnie Johnson died on April 27 of sporadic ALS. He was 81 years old.Gosta was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on Aug. 4, 1923, and immigrated to the United States in 1947. As a consultant, he built or expanded a number of ski areas and resorts in the United States and one in Israel. He was also called the “King of Snowmakers” by Ski Area Association magazine for his installation of two of the first successful ski area snowmaking systems, which he helped develop with the Larchmont Corp. in Connecticut.Gosta was a founding member and vice president of the Pennsylvanian Ski Area Operators Association, a founding/charter member of the Professional Ski Instructors’ Association, a professional ski patrolman and a Mason. He helped the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company’s resort division develop 45,000 acres of Pocono forest land into Big Boulder Ski Area, where he was general manager and owner of the Gosta Johnson American Ski School. After retiring, Gosta and his wife, Linda, lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for 26 years. He owned a restaurant in Aspen called Johnson’s Temptation – the name refers to a famous Swedish dish. He also worked part time as a ticket seller for the Aspen Skiing Co., during which time he wrote an article that was circulated in many Western ski areas: “So you want to be a ticket seller.” Gosta was also president of the Basalt Sanitation District for several years.Gosta moved to Longmont in 1998 and traveled widely throughout the United States and Canada before his death. He is survived by his wife, Linda G. Johnson of Longmont; sons Alan Gosta Johnson of Park City, Utah, Mark Harrison Johnson of Erie and Harris C. Sondak of Salt Lake City; and several grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Hugo Johnsson and Elsa Hultqvist Johnsson; and his sister Majbritt Johnsson Grauers of Stockholm, Sweden, and Javea, Spain.Private funeral services were held April 29. A memorial service to commemorate his life will be held in the mountains he loved so much on his birthday, Aug. 4. Gifts should be made to Hospice of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, CO 80026 (www.hospicecareonline.org).


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