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Norman Arthur Wilson

“I had more fun at my work than most people have on their vacations.”

These are the words of Norman A. Wilson, aka “Stormin’ Norman,” shortly after he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), in April of 2005. Given two to nine months to live at the time, he once again showed those who loved him his will ” the type often experienced by his students during wild sideways snowstorms on Sierra ridgelines in search of that perfect weak spot in the snow ” by staying with us 14 months instead.

An expert, a professional, an educator, and 55-year resident of the Tahoe-Truckee Region, Norm was known, loved and respected throughout the ski and snow industry. He began his life on snow in the early ’50s at Sugar Bowl, moving to Squaw Valley a few years later to begin his avalanche career under the tutelage of Monte Atwater, highlighted by his position on the avalanche crew during the 1960 Olympics. He later took the position of mountain manager at Alpine Meadows and in 1971 became a full-time “Snow Consultant,” conducting studies for various clients including mines, highways and ski areas, and teaching numerous courses.



It is in the area of education that Norm leaves his legacy, whether through his own home-grown classes on Donner Summit or many other venues, Norm shared his passion and respect for snow in his characteristically informative and sometimes humorous ways, but always with dignity and grace.

Norm maintained that dignity and grace right up to his last peaceful breath on the morning of Wednesday, June 28. With him were his daughters Robie Wilson Litchfield of Truckee, and Cari ‘Chresten’ Wilson of Incline Village, Norm’s ‘Lady Friend’ Judith Luce of Reno, Nev., son-in-law Dean Litchfield and Chresten’s devoted companion Candace Lindskog.



A memorial celebration will be held on Saturday, July 29 at the home of Robie and Dean Litchfield, 12369 Viking Way, Truckee, from 1-5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the following: the NAW Avalanche Education Fund through the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, ALS of Nevada, St. Mary’s Hospice in Reno.


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