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One of our legendary leaders in ski teaching, Donald “Jerry” Berg passed away on Monday, June  4th, from a bicycle crash near the town of Red Cliff. This news is shocking and its with heartfelt sadness that we pass it on to you. Jerry worked most recently as a ski instructor at Vail.  
 
Jerry, known to many as “Bergie”, influenced, inspired, humored, coached, mentored, taught and motivated countless skiers in the Vail Valley, in the Aspen Valley, in the Rocky Mountains, in far reaching areas of the United States, in Europe, Japan, Australia and China. He was a certified instructor with PSIA and with France’s ESF (Ecole du Ski Francais). Jerry’s contributions to the ski industry and to the ski teaching profession are far ranging and include:
 
Co-founding the web site www.bergiesbest.com.
Starting the Diva’s demo team during his time in Aspen
Serving the PSIA membership as a PSIA-RM examiner, an alpine committee chair and alpine committee member
Being a PSIA Alpine National Team member from 1988 - 1992
 
As the PSIA-RM Alpine Committee Chair he created and helped drive the examiner verification process resulting in an overhaul of the examiner skill set. This process is now used as a template in many other PSIA divisions today.
 
We will always remember Bergie for the indelible mark he left in our hearts, in our skiing, in our teaching, in our communities and in our industry. His straight forward approach, the twinkle in his eye, his enviable athletic ability on skis, his talent for combining power with grace, his style in the bumps, his care, interest and dedication to helping other skiers and ski professionals be the best they can be,  to push their limits, to strive for perfection, to “Ski Like That”, and when all else fails to “suck at the highest level.”
 
There will be a memorial service celebrating the life of Jerry Berg on Sunday, June 10th at 3:00pm at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado.