A release from the resort says Ted Johnson passed away on Monday after sustaining fatal injuries as the result of getting hit by a drunk driver in California.
Johnson was the first person to actively assess the future possibility of a ski area in Little Cottonwood Canyon, just below Alta. After purchasing a series of mining claims in the area, Johnson teamed up with Texas Oilman and conservationist, Dick Bass to found what would later become Snowbird.
As President and CEO he recalled the ski industry revolutionary saying that his “endearing personality and persistence” were some of the biggest reasons for Snowbird’s ultimate success.
Bass later bought out Johnson’s interest in the resort in 1974 but he remained a crucial member of the community following his departure.
Known to locals as “The Silver Fox,” Johnson and his nickname remain enshrined as one of the premiere ski runs off Hidden Peak.