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Gustav C. Schneider

Gustav (Gus) Schneider died Dec. 16, 2005, at his home in Tucson, Ariz., surrounded by his family after a one-year battle with liver cancer. Gus lived in Aspen and Glenwood Springs from 1969 until 1992, and continued to visit often.For all his life, skiing gave him inspiration and he inspired others with his daring, speed and ability. Gus was one of the original Bell Mountain hotdoggers, and worked at Gretl’s and then at Bonnie’s Restaurant on Ajax for many years. He was also a longtime waiter at the Mother Lode and a seasonal carpenter. Gus moved to Tuscon where he worked in sales and raised his daughter, Arlette, who is now 17 years old. One of Gus and Arlette’s favorite activities was riding roller coasters wherever they found them.Gus inspired a segment of 1970s Aspen culture with his overwhelming enthusiasm and joy of skiing, advocating “steering with the big toe and turning them left and right.” He was clocked at speed skiing in Silverton at 84 mph. Gus also enjoyed golfing, traveling, hiking, kayaking and bowling. Gus felt he had a wonderful life and was pleased that he had skied on three continents.He is survived by his daughter Arlette, of Tuscon; mother Carol, of Longmont; father Gustav, of New York; sisters Leslie Cline, of Lafayette, and Nina Dunn, of Basalt; and nephew Nathan Paullin, of Aspen. There will be an open celebration of Gus’s life at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the El Jebowl Bowling Alley.Donations can be sent to the Arlette Schneider Educational Fund in care of: Nina Dunn P.O. Box 294, Basalt, CO 81621.


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