The Loma Prietan - March 2014

Backcountry enthusiasts rejoice!

New Backcountry Hut to Memorialize Paul Ward

By Dick Simpson

 In Memory of Paul Ward  Photo: Kerri Antes
In Memory of Paul Ward Photo: Kerri Antes

Paul Ward’s love of skiing began early, even though his parents did not ski.  As a 17-year-old from Burlingame, he watched the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley and within a few years he had earned a spot as a weekend ski patroller at Dodge Ridge. Paul settled in San Jose and built a successful career in South Bay technology, working for Eimac, Memorex, and Verbatim. Ever the passionate outdoorsman, Paul and his wife, Lynn, maintained a second home in the Tahoe Donner section of Truckee.



Bradley Hut
  Photo: Dick Simpson

He passed his love of skiing to his children as soon as they could stand on skis and, in recent years, instilled this passion in the third generation, taking his grandsons to the Peter Grubb and Bradley Huts. Paul passed away in February 2013 after a short battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Kerri Antes, of San Jose along with her husband, Todd, and their sons Drew, Will, and Bennett; a son, Bryan; and two sisters, Laurie Krassilnikoff of San Mateo and Diane Gartner of Pleasant Hill.

The new Paul Ward Hut will join four existing Sierra Club huts in the Donner Summit/Lake Tahoe area and be the Club’s first new backcountry ski and snowshoe hut since 1957. The Sierra Club has launched the design study; the first step will be to find a suitable location, possibly on U.S. Forest Service land. In addition to developing the hut’s design and engineering, the study must consider environmental issues before construction can begin.

Author bio; Dick Simpson has been a volunteer with the Loma Prieta Chapter and Clair Tappaan Lodge (especially huts) for over 40 years.