Gustav C. Schneider |

Gustav C. Schneider

Gustav Schneider died Dec. 16, 2005 in Tuscson, Ariz.

Gustav (Gus) Schneider died in his home in Tucson, Ariz., on Dec. 16, 2005, surrounded by his family after a one-year battle with liver cancer. He was 57 years old.

Gus lived in Aspen and Glenwood Springs from 1969 until 1992 and continued to visit often. Gus was one of the original Bell Mountain hot-doggers and worked at Gretl’s and then at Bonnie’s restaurant on Ajax for many years. For all his life, skiing gave him inspiration, and he inspired others with his daring, speed and ability. He was also a longtime waiter at the Mother Lode and a seasonal carpenter. Gus inspired a segment of 1970s Aspen culture with his enthusiasm and joy of skiing, advocating “steering with the big toe and turning them left and right.” He was clocked speed skiing in Silverton at 84 mph. Gus also enjoyed golfing, traveling, hiking, kayaking and bowling. He felt he had a wonderful life and was pleased that he had skied on three continents.

Gus moved to Tucson, where he worked in sales and raised his daughter, Arlette, who is now 17 years old. One of Gus and Arlette’s favorite activities was riding roller coasters wherever they found them.Gus felt this quote symbolized his attitude toward life: “Life is not a journey to the grave, with the intention of arriving safely, in a pretty and well preserved body; but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, wow, what a ride!”

He is survived by his daughter, Arlette, of Tucson; mother, Carol, of Longmont; father, Gustav, of New York; sister Leslie Cline of Lafayette, sister Nina Dunn of Basalt; and nephew Nathan Paullin of Aspen.An open celebration of Gus’ life is planned for 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at El Jebowl bowling alley. Donations can be sent to the Arlette Schneider Educational Fund, c/o Nina Dunn, P.O. Box 294, Basalt, CO 81621.