The holidays provide us with a wonderful time to reflect upon all that we have, all that we’re thankful for, and all that we’ve lost. This past week the Sugar Bowl community lost two of its members, so as we celebrate the season we also celebrate their lives; one lived to the fullest and one lost tragically too soon. Our thoughts, prayers, love and support go out to the families of Warren Hellman and John Henderson. Know that this season, we’re all making some turns just for you.
The entire Sugar Bowl community expresses its sadness at the passing of F. Warren Hellman, business pioneer, civic philanthropist, passionate musician, devoted family man and winter sports enthusiast who, as majority owner and member of Sugar Bowl Resort’s board of directors, was instrumental in providing his tireless dedication, vision and leadership toward the revitalization of the resort, ultimately establishing it as the world class destination it is today. Hellman, a sharp business mind known for his extraordinary philanthropic generosity and a renegade intellectual wit, was revered equally for his professional accomplishments in business as he was for his charitable endeavors and warm personality that served to bring out the best in everyone he knew. Warren’s skiing interests eventually led him to Sugar Bowl Resort atop Donner Summit, where he lent his business acumen and tireless dedication, vision and leadership toward bringing the resort back to its original grandeur. Amongst his many attributes, accolades and accomplishments in business, music and sport, Hellman’s legacy will forever endure at Sugar Bowl with infinite living memories of his enormous contributions. The entire Sugar Bowl community will miss him dearly.
On December 20, 2011, John Henderson, son, friend, brother and 2nd year Sugar Bowl Ski Teamer, tragically passed away at age 7 in an on-mountain accident. In honor and memory of the boy who dreamed of becoming an inventor or an astronaut, Sugar Bowl Resort, in its entirety, observed a moment of silence at 10:00am this morning, ceasing all operations in order to pay our respects to this exceptional young man’s life, sending our heartfelt thoughts, prayers and support to his family in this most difficult time. Hundreds of friends, coaches, fellow ski team members, parents and Sugar Bowl staff came out to show love and support for John and his family, then hitting the hill and making some turns in his honor, celebrating his time with us.