Hall of Famer Sepp Kober, ‘Father of Southern Skiing,’ dead at 88

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 4, 2010 11:42 am

U.S National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame inductee Sepp Kober has passed away at 88.

The long-standing former Ski Director at The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA, was known as the “Father of Southern Skiing” as he was largely responsible for bringing the sport of skiing to the southeastern U.S.

Born Oct 25, 1921 in Igls, Austria, Sepp Kober was a ski pioneer who helped launch the downhill alpine skiing industry in the southeastern U.S, which has since developed into one of the largest and most active skier markets in the country. Starting in 1958 and continuing into the 1970′s, ski areas in Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee developed under his watchful eye and expertise.

He co-founded and served multiple terms as president of the Southeastern Ski Areas Association. Among his many firsts, Kober was the southeast’s first professionally certified ski instructor, its first ski area director, the first to bring USSA and NASTAR sanctioned events below the Mason Dixon Line, and the first southern ski entrepreneur to invest in the snowmaking.

In March 2010, he was inducted into the U.S. National Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame, joining the elite ranks of 360 other ski legends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on August 27th, to be held at St. Lukes Church in Hot Springs, Va.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to:

Bath County Community Hospital
106 Park Lane, Hot Springs Va. 24445


U.S National Ski Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 191, Ishpeming, MI 49849