During World War II, a group of skiers made up of Lowell Thomas , a noted journalist
and adventurer, a local forest ranger, and many Davis Monthan serviceman which included
Thomas’ son, later a Governor of Alaska, and Art Devlin, a future Olympic ski jumper
and Television commentator, formed the Sahuaro Ski Club. The well known cartoonist,
Paul Webb, created a patch and membership certificates for the club showing a skier
wrapped around a sahuaro cactus. Thomas sent honorary memberships to dozens of friends,
famous personalities around the world, making membership a tongue in cheek must.
A ski gala was held that first year at the Arizona Inn with many of Thomas’ friends
in attendance. A Forest Service lease was obtained, an old model “A” with it’s tires
removed propelled a rope tow and Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley had it’s beginning.
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Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley mourns the death of our Ski School Director Brian Ashby. Brian
was a part of the Ski Valley family for over 30 years. His unexpected passing leaves
us in shock and sadness. We have watched him put smiles on thousands of faces, he
will be missed.