Obituary: Paul Krauss |

Obituary: Paul Krauss

Aspen Times Staff Report

Paul Krauss, founder of the first snowboard shop in the Aspen-Snowmass area, died May 21 while rafting on the Colorado River. He was 35.Krauss was born Feb. 5, 1963 in Somers Point, N.J. He graduated in 1981 from Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, N.J. He received a bachelor’s degree in environmental management in 1985 from Rutger’s University.Krauss then moved to Colorado to work with the United States Forest Service. He quit that job in 1988 to open Sidewinder Sports in Snowmass Village.”I believe Sidewinder was the first snowboard shop in the valley,” said Derek Johnson, co-owner of D & E Snowboard Shops in Aspen and Snowmass Village. “They were the first and they were the only thing going. They did it right and knew what they were talking about.”He is survived by his father, Henry Krauss of Fort Pierce, Fla.; brother David of Hopewell, N.J.; sister Joann of Jacksonville, Ala.; and niece Sarah. His mother preceded him in death in 1991.Memorial services will be held Saturday at the base of Two Creeks in Snowmass. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to Alpine Bank in Snowmass Village.

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