Snowbird, UT Founder Ted Johnson Passes Away Aged 91 After Being Hit by Drunk Driver

Steven Agar | | Industry NewsIndustry News

The man who helped establish Snowbird as a world-class ski resort has died at the age of 91, reports unofficialnetworks.

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.

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Ted Johnson, founder of Snowbird ski resort. Credit: Facebook

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.

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Ted Johnson skiing powder. Credit: Facebook

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.


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  1. The run that actually was named for Ted is Regulator Johnson off the tram… this is the first i’ve Heard of the Silver Fox story (and I was there in those days).

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