James Lee Alison

James Lee Alison

James Lee Alison, a personable and compassionate friend of many local residents in the Snowmass/Aspen community, died Sunday evening, March 18, 2007, in San Diego. He was 49 years old.

Jim spent the last decade in Snowmass teaching beginning skiers and working at the Snowmass Club in the banquet and golf departments. Jim’s ability to engage a client or crowd was remarkable – noticing the slightest detail and using it to gain a reaction. Jim not only taught the joy of skiing to thousands of beginners, but he also taught the mountain lifestyle. He always knew his students’ names, and they loved him dearly for his patience and teaching technique. Jim spent his free time enjoying the company of his closest friends, often barbecuing ribs or playing golf. Jim’s life touched many people in the Snowmass area, and visiting guests from around the world. He will be remembered as a wonderful addition to those lives and we will all miss him dearly.

James Lee Alison is survived by his father, Jefferson Alison III, of Coronado, Calif.; sister, Kathryn A. Fox of Marlborough, N.H.; brothers, Jeff Alison IV of Long Beach, N.Y.; Stephen D. Alison of Cottage Grove, Ore.; and Carlyle Coash of San Francisco. His mother, Nadine J. Coash, predeceased him.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to The Right Door in Aspen, or to a charity of choice. There will be a memorial in Snowmass on Wednesday, April 4.