The sign outside the lodge. PHOTO: MICHAEL PANAGAKO

On Friday, September 21, 2012, Ted “Grampa Grunt” Quintin passed away at his home in Montgomery Center, Vermont. He was 73. Born September 5, 1939 in Houlton, Maine, Quintin was the first paid ski instructor at Jay Peak, an engineer, lobster diver, and former U.S.-Canada border patrol officer. However, he will best be remembered as the owner and operator of the iconic ski lodge, Grampa Grunts Lodge, also located in Montgomery Center, only a few miles from Jay Peak. Known for his love of playing cards (he won the lodge in a card game in 1969) and hospitality, Quintin played host to thousands of ski bums searching for deep powder in the Jay trees, a cheap place to stay, and a greasy-spoon breakfast.

Grampa Grunt. PHOTO: QUINTIN FAMILY

When reached by phone, Quintin’s son, Brad Quintin, said he plans to continue to operate the lodge in his father’s memory.

“Grampa took a lot of people in and a lot of people really loved him,” says Quintin. “He was quite a character. He lived life to the fullest and really engaged with a lot of really different people.”

POWDER sends our condolences to the family and friends of Ted “Grampa Grunt” Quintin. Look for a story about the lodge in the November issue.