Nic Fiore Dies at 88; Instructed More Skiers Than Anyone in History

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on June 19, 2009 4:39 pm

Nic Fiore, who taught more than 130,000 folks to ski over a 60-year period, has died.  He was an institution at Badger Pass Ski Area in the Yosemite National Park.  However you do it, raise a glass, a moment of silence, a silent prayer, do it today for a giant of our sport, Nic Fiore.

The Canadian-born Fiore arrived in Yosemite on a snowy night in 1947, answering a job call for a ski instructor.  The morning sun brought clear views of the Nature Utopia of Yosemite to which Fiore asked, “This is fantastic, but where do the beginners ski?”

Fiore was always an advocate for better ski instruction on the mountain.  He served for many years as the Executive Director of the Professional Ski Instructors of America.  In 1967, Fiore was asked by the French government to represent the United States at the prestigious French National Ski Instructor’s academy in Chamonix.  He is the only ski instructor inducted into the California Tourism Hall of Fame.

Nic Fiore’s good vibes and immense spirit will be missed.  His legacy continues on in the turns of those he touched.

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