Kirkwood founder Bud Klein dies |

Kirkwood founder Bud Klein dies

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Bud Klein, the “founder, patriarch and visionary,” of Kirkwood Mountain Resort, has died, according to a Monday statement from the resort.

The 83-year-old Stockton resident died Thursday of complications related to cancer.

“It was Bud’s pioneering spirit, entrepreneurial vigor and tireless energy in the early 1970s that converted a remote wilderness outpost at the pinnacle of the Sierra into one of North America’s most legendary ski mountains,” according to the statement. “Bud saw opportunity where others saw challenges – developing not only the resort, but all the roads and infrastructure that would become our community.”

Klein’s development of Kirkwood has been chronicled in a book titled “Mountain Dreamers” and the story will be further memorialized in the Kirkwood Inn – the spot where Bud first put together what became Kirkwood, according to the statement.

“Bud loved his views of the Kirkwood Meadow from his Sun Meadows unit and in his honor, that meadow will be renamed in a conservation trust bearing his name.”

“Bud Klein represented all things Kirkwood and he will be deeply missed,” according to the statement.

Support Local Journalism

Your support means a better informed community. Donate today.


See more