Late ski racing leader Bud Little to be memorialized on Aug. 29

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 20, 2010 10:40 am

Friends and family of former U.S. Ski Association and International Ski Federation (FIS) official Dr. Amos R. “Bud” Little will hold a celebration of his life on Sunday, August 29 in his hometown of Helena. Little, who passed away in June at the age of 93, served skiing as an influential leader domestically and internationally for over a half-century. The celebration will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Helena Country Club with all friends welcomed.

“Bud Little’s leadership within the International Ski Federation helped usher our sport into an exciting, modern era,” said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO Bill Marolt, who today serves in the same role as a vice president of the FIS. “But not only did he help us with his vision internationally, but he devoted his entire life to the sport as a coach, a doctor and volunteer. He epitomized the spirit of Olympism that is so valuable in our sport.”

A top collegiate racer at Dartmouth College, Little spent his career giving back to the sport in key leadership roles in both the USSA and FIS, including serving on the FIS Council. He was also influential in helping support the U.S. Ski Team in its early days traveling the growing race circuit in Europe.

Little was inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 1965 and received the USSA’s highest honor, the Julius Blegen Award, in 1960. He is remembered annually by the USSA with the presentation of its Bud and Mary Little Award, awarded to an individual for their service to the FIS or the USOC. This past May the award recognized longtime USSA and USOC leader Alan Ashley.

The U.S. Ski Team is accepting memorial donations in his name at: Bud Little Fund, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation, Box 100, Park City, UT 84060, 435.649.9090.

Little is survived by his wife, Mary, as well as three children, Dr. James Little, Amos Rogers Little, III and Susan Stanaway, as well as four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.