Kirkwood Mountain Resort founder Bud Klein dies at 83 |

Kirkwood Mountain Resort founder Bud Klein dies at 83

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; Bud Klein, the and#8220;founder, patriarch and visionary,and#8221; of Kirkwood Mountain Resort, has died, according to a Monday statement from the resort.

The 83-year-old Stockton, Calif., resident died Thursday of complications related to cancer.

and#8220;It was Bud’s pioneering spirit, entrepreneurial vigor and tireless energy in the early 1970s that converted a remote wilderness outpost at the pinnacle of the Sierra into one of North America’s most legendary ski mountains,and#8221; according to the statement. and#8220;Bud saw opportunity where others saw challenges and#8212; developing not only the resort, but all the roads and infrastructure that would become our community.and#8221;

Klein’s development of Kirkwood has been chronicled in a book titled and#8220;Mountain Dreamersand#8221; and the story will be further memorialized in the Kirkwood Inn and#8212; the spot where Bud first put together what became Kirkwood, according to the statement.

and#8220;Bud loved his views of the Kirkwood Meadow from his Sun Meadows unit and in his honor, that meadow will be renamed in a conservation trust bearing his name.and#8221;

and#8220;Bud Klein represented all things Kirkwood and he will be deeply missed,and#8221; according to the statement.

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