Passing of a Legend: Leif Borgeson
Remembering a legendary A-Basin ski patroller—a video tribute
Leif Borgeson, the longtime snow safety director at Arapahoe Basin, died of a heart attack, Feb. 8, while hiking the ridge to Highland Peak at Aspen Highlands. He was 50. He is survived by his wife, Denise Schmidt-Borgeson, and two sons, Ian and Aidan Borgeson—in addition to a host of friends and colleagues at A-Basin.
Filmmaker Rex Lint compiled a memorial film to honor Leif’s memory and legacy, at the request of A-Basin’s COO Allen Henceroth. Says Lint, “I had the honor of putting together this video. We had a memorial service for him this past Thursday—over 800 people showed up to celebrate his life. Flight for Life arranged for Tony Cammarato and myself to pick up his ashes and have them flown to Arapahoe for the service. On the journey, we flew over several patrols that paid their respects to Leif. It was one of the most powerful experiences of my long career. … And with the help of the amazing mountain communities from around the world, I was able to build this piece that I feel does honor to Leif’s memory. I hope you like it.” — Tim Mutrie
Memorial website for Leif Borgeson here »
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