Ski pioneer A.W. “Woody” Anderson, longtime owner and president of Pomerelle Mountain Resort in Albion, Idaho, has died at age 87. Anderson, who passed away Oct. 6 at home, began teaching skiing in 1947 in Utah; you can read my full story here at (subscription required), or pick up Saturday's edition of the Idaho Press.

Anderson served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany, from 1951 to 1953, and went on to be assistant director of the Brighton Ski School; owner and operator of ski shops in Brighton and Park City; and ski school director, vice president and general manager at Park City resort in Park City, Utah, where he played a key role in the resort’s early development.

Anderson purchased Pomerelle in 1974, and he and his wife Sandy were its owners and operators until the present day. He also was president of Magic Mountain ski resort near Twin Falls from 1977-1984; and served as a member and chair of the Idaho Travel Council.

One of the founders of the Intermountain Ski Instructors Association, Anderson was named a lifetime member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America in 1978 and inducted into the PSIA-I Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame in 2007.

Anderson, who taught generations of Idahoans to ski, is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sandy; children Jody, Chris, Gretchen and Nathan and stepchildren Mike, Lisa and Kevin; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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