August 27, 1949 – November 30, 2021
Ronald Jay LeMaster, ski writer, photographer, coach and educator died November 30, 2021 at Eldora Ski Area, after being hit from behind on the Windmill trail.
Ron was born August 27, 1949 in Denver, Colorado to Burt and Betty LeMaster who first took him skiing when he was seven years old.
When Ron started college, his heart wasn’t in it. He wanted to ski, so he dropped out of school and headed to Aspen. Ron worked for Curt Chase at Buttermilk Ski School, but soon coached for the Aspen Ski Club, after being hired by Sim Thomas.
Ron spent seven wonderful years in Aspen, skiing, coaching, fishing, rafting and kayaking. He made the decision to return to CU to complete his degree in Mechanical Engineering. There he was hired to coach the CU B team, instilling his interest in competitive skiing and analysis. After they both graduated, he married Dee on June 16, 1979, and reported for work at IBM in Rochester, Minnesota.
Alexis Jean was born June 11, 1981. Ron coached the Rochester Ski Club. Then the family moved to New York and Boulder, Colorado.
Ron had made it his goal after his marriage to write a book about skiing. In the years since returning to Colorado, he has begun to put it together in his mind. Working during a stint in the physics department at CU, he was better able to understand what was going on scientifically in the sport and, therefore, how to apply it to teaching skiing. The combination of all the skills and knowledge he acquired throughout his life in mechanics, physics, photography and computing, and his own skiing experiences, allowed him to write his first book, The Skier’s Edge. This book and the beautiful time-lapse photos of some of the best skiers in the world have gotten it noticed in the skiing world.
He has been invited to accompany the American ski team on several occasions and has also traveled to many countries to give talks with power point. The next published books, The Essential Guide to Skiing and Ultimate Skiing, have become some of the best instructor manuals in many ski schools in this country and many others. His talks and work with PSIA were deemed by most to be outstanding, and his final work with the Vail Ski and Snowboard Club titled The Young Skier’s Guide-Fundamentals of Ski Racing is full of Ron’s images and diagrams.
There will be a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. on June 21, 2022 at the Concert Meadow located at the back of the gondola on Aspen Mountain, Aspen Colorado with a reception at the Sundeck immediately following. Please allow time for parking and loading the gondola before 12:15 p.m. Come prepared with your own seat as the setting is in an open space and there are a limited number of chairs provided.
Please RSVP to Wendy Larson by calling or texting 970-618-6538. If you are able to confirm your attendance before the 16th, you will be provided with a free gondola ticket.