Petition Started Asking Purgatory Resort, CO, to Name a Ski Run After Local Legend Who Recently Died of Cancer

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Barry ‘Carmine’ Kemler.

A petition has been organized asking Purgatory Resort, CO, to name a run after a longstanding member of the community and former resort employee who sadly passed away from cancer recently.

Barry Kemler (Carmine) had a long history at Purgatory Resort. He was the F&B manager in the early nineties, in charge of feeding the entire resort including the first-ever World Mountain Bike Championships. He left to pursue other career paths but chose to come back after the passing of his daughter. After that, he only craved the simplest form of life and returned to Purgatory as a lift attendant for many years. 

He always had a smile on his face and somehow greeted everyone by name. Carmine knew everyone and their kids’ names. He handed out Hershey chocolate kisses to many a skier and kept his lift line running glass smooth. It was always a better ski day when Carmine was working. He was literally the face of Purgatory!

Carmine recently passed away after battling cancer. He worked with a smile on his face at a local liquor store almost right up to the time of his passing. The last time I saw him, as usual, he asked about me and my kids with genuine interest. We would like to see Purgatory Resort name a ski run after him because this beautiful human deserves a legacy at a place where he invested his heart and soul for so many years. Please support this cause so that we can all continue to ski with Carmine!

The petition currently has 2,659 signatures. You can help them get to 5,000 by signing here.

Purgatory Trail Map. Credit: Purgatory Resort

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