Park City, Utah
– Nick Badami, a visionary leader who helped make Park City Mountain Resort a world-class resort, died June 4 at his house in Tucson, Ariz. surrounded by family. He was 88.
“We are deeply saddened to lose such an inspirational mentor and strong leader who made significant contributions to the ski industry,” said John Cumming, CEO and president of Powdr Corp. “His vision, courage and direction elevated the sport of skiing and helped to make Park City a world-class destination. He and his son Craig were responsible for Park City’s international accolades in ski racing. His leadership, along with his son’s vision, was also instrumental in bringing the 2002 Olympics to Salt Lake City.”
Badami, a former board chairman of BVD, began making his mark in the ski industry in 1970 when he purchased Alpine Meadows Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, Calif. In 1975 he purchased Park City Ski Corporation. In 1994, Badami sold his company to Powdr Corporation, remaining a Chairman of the Board until 2003.
During his leadership, Badami installed Park City Mountain Resort’s first snowmaking guns and doubled the uphill capacity of the Resort. The snowmaking guns made it possible for the Resort to host America’s Opening World Cup races in 1986, the first ever world cup held in the USA. He is also remembered for the amazing parties he threw for the athletes and spectators.
Badami served in a variety of capacities in support of the ski industry including Chairman of the National Ski Areas Association, Chairman of the American Ski Federation, Co-Founder and Chairman of the National Avalanche Foundation, President of the United States Ski Team, and Chairman of the United States Ski Association.
He is survived by his wife Avis and grandson Nicholas. He was preceded in death by his son Craig.