Nic Fiore, was a icon at Yosemite National Park's
Badger Pass Ski. During his 57-year-career at Badger Pass he taught an estimated 137,500 people how to ski.
Mr. Fiore arrived in Yosemite Valley on a snowy night in 1947 to work as a ski instructor at Yosemite's Badger Pass. He slogged through three feet of snow to his dormitory, exhausted from the transcontinental train trip from his native Montreal, and the following morning met ski school director, Luggi Foeger. Until that moment Mr. Fiore hadn't seen the valley's sheer walls. The 27-year-old ski instructor turned to his new director and, while looking up, exclaimed, "Luggi, this is fantastic, but where do the beginners ski!?"
In the 57 years following his arrival in Yosemite, Nic Fiore answered that question like no other American ski instructor, teaching some 137,500 people how to ski at Badger Pass. He retired in 2004, having taught skiing for more than 60 years. His career began in 1940 as an Army Ski Instructor for the Royal Canadian Armed Forces. Following World War II he became certified by the Canadian Ski Instructor's Alliance and taught skiing in Canada's Laurentian mountains, before moving to Yosemite.