Mogul skier Eric Nageotte-Lowe remembered during Sept. 6 hike |

Mogul skier Eric Nageotte-Lowe remembered during Sept. 6 hike

Tim Parsons

Eric Nageotte

A memorial for Eric Nageotte-Lowe is planned at one of his favorite places: the Little Dipper run at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

Friends and family of Eric will meet at the Heavenly gondola Tuesday at 10 a.m. on the anniversary of his death. He died at the age of 18 on Sept. 6, 2004 in a skiing accident in New Zealand. He was training with the goal of making the United States Mogul Team.

“That was his life,” said parent Ron Nageotte. “Skiing was his life.”

After riding up the gondola Tuesday, people will hike up to the Little Dipper where there will be prayers and a picnic.

“When you didn’t see him on the face he would be there (on the Little Dipper run) skiing his heart out,” said parent Toni Lowe.

A 2004 graduate of South Tahoe High School, Eric planned to attend Lake Tahoe Community College after he returned from New Zealand. He wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon, Nageotte said.

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“Eric grew up skiing at Heavenly when he was just 3,” he said. “He was the smallest guy out there and he just grew into the sport.”

His mother remembered they couldn’t find boots small enough to fit him. Eric would wear a harness that was attached to his folks as they would slide down the mountain.

He developed into an accomplished skier and a role model.

“Eric was such a mentor to the younger kids,” Toni Lowe said. “He always had a smile on his face. He was never sad.”

For more information, call his parents. Ron Nageotte and Carol Rapacz can be reached at (775) 588-2864 and John and Toni Lowe are at (530) 542-0873.

For non-season pass holders, the gondola trip costs $24.