October 10, 2020

It is with genuine sadness that the Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup family shares the news of the sudden passing of Darrell MacLachlan on Friday, October 9, following a brief and aggressive battle with cancer.

Darrell’s leadership as our Chief of Race – Men was instrumental in the success of our Lake Louise World Cup events since 2001. He was also the men’s alpine skiing Chief of Competition at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver/Whistler, and the leader of the famous Green Hats. In 2014, Darrell was asked to be the Technical Delegate for the men’s alpine skiing events at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Darrell’s contribution also included his guidance as the FIS TD Commissioner for Canada. In 2014, he was inducted into the Alberta Alpine/Canadian Rockies Ski Racing Hall of Fame and most recently, Darrell was inducted into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame for his remarkable lifetime contribution to Canadian skiing.

Outside the fences, Darrell was the host of the best damn volunteer barn party anywhere in the world. 

Darrell will be greatly missed by his partner, Lynne Gibson, his daughter, Alison, son-in-law Bryan and grandsons, Lennox and Everett. His many friends in the alpine ski racing community will feel his absence and he will be remembered as an iconic builder, mentor and friend. 

Darrell was the best of us and this Thanksgiving weekend we are thankful that we are better for having known him. Until we ski again Darrell.

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