By Jim Stanford on April 22, 2011
In another blow to the skiing and climbing community, Jim Kanzler was found dead early Monday after committing suicide.
Kanzler was a longtime ski patroller, avalanche forecaster and Exum mountain guide. He helped make the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center the indispensable institution it is today.
Nicknamed “Rathole,” he carried the weight of a dark family history. His father committed suicide, and his brother was killed by an avalanche on his way to bury the father’s gun in Glacier National Park — an incident chronicled in the book The White Death.
One of Kanzler’s colleagues, Ron Matous, passed along a saying that Jim used to share with clients on the Lower Saddle, to ensure they would not dawdle:
“Motion is life, stasis is death.”
(Photo by David Bowers)