Whitetail’s Buddy Hauk Passes Away 1
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On Sunday, January 15, 2012, long-time Whitetail Ski Resort mountain host Buddy Hauk passed away. Buddy was 63.

Buddy Hauk helps guests at Whitetail in this December, 2008 photo. Photo provided by Charles Sneiderman.

Many visitors to Whitetail Resort have fond memories of the cheerful employee in the black cowboy hat, greeting guests as they walked up the steps towards the lodge. As a mountain host, Buddy was responsible for helping guests on and off the slopes. He approached his job with tremendous enthusiasm and a love for snowsports.

In addition to working at Whitetail, Buddy was a full-time minister.

In honor of Buddy, Whitetail Resort has declared the January 21-22, 2012 weekend as “Buddy Hauk Weekend.” Employees and guests are being encouraged to wear a black cowboy hat to the mountain in tribute to Buddy. (Please do not trade your ski helmet for a cowboy hat; wear the cowboy hat while off the slopes.)

Whitetail Resort posted the following information about Buddy on Facebook:

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About M. Scott Smith

M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.

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Reader Comments

Connie Lawn
January 18, 2012
I am sitting here watching the sunset and crying, as I think of Buddy. I am also laughing, when I think of all the wonderful times we had together. He truely personified all the beautiful, warm, and friendly things about Whitetail, and about the whole Snow Time Family. I understand he came to Whitetail Saturday, to say goodbye. He died at peace the next day. Keep him in your hearts. The best tribute you can give him is to stay safe and polite on these beautiful mountains.

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