Jill Kinmont-Boothe, a dear friend of ours for many, many years, passed away last week so we thought it would be fitting to post some pictures of Jill’s life.
Jill’s story has been told countless times in print and film, so this is not a place for that, but here are several photos that we’ve collected over the years. They span about 60 years of her life and show Jill before her skiing accident in 1955, her time in the Salt Lake City Hospital, her recovery, her time as a teacher, and some from the last few years.There are also a few signed tributes given to Jill influential skiers that knew her.
In recent years, I had the privilege of holding an art exhibit with Jill at the Mammoth Lakes Foundation’s ski museum. She painted several of my photographs, and we sold the combinations as a benefit for the college. More recently, we ran into Jill and her husband John at a Memorial Weekend Vientnam Veteran’s tribute at Bishop Park. She was happy and healthy and as she always has, brightened up the day for Roma, Penny and me.
Enjoy these memories of Jill. The smile on her face through the diversity she came up against is very indicative of her approach to life and she was an inspiration to so many people.
Here are some shots of Jill training in the off season, and skiing with the team.
Getting ready for a race.
Above are two shots of Jill with the Bishop High Ski Team, and the Far West Ski Team.
Above is a shot from Jill’s high school graduation.
Here is Jill and her brother Bobbie in Mammoth.
This is Jill and The Far West Ski Team at Snow King in Wyoming.
Anove is another of the Far West Ski Team. Jill is second from right. To her right, I think, is her dad Bill.
Jill, second from right, with a ski racing trophy.
Here is a shot of Jill training on Mammoth.
Here is Jill with Buddy Werner, who I’d call one of the best ski racers of all time. He was killed in an avalanche.
Above is Jill picking up another trophy at Big Bear.
Here is Jill with her Bishop High School class.
Here is Jill inspecting and slipping a course prior to the race.
Above, Jill is third from right.
Here is a shot of Jill and Buddy Werner preparing their skis for a race.
This is Jill enjoying her time at Sun Valley.
Here is a shot of part of the Far West team in Sun Valley. Jill is on the right and Gary is the little guy right behind me.
Here is Jill with Dick Buek.
Dick died in a plane crash at Donner Lake not long after this.
Here are Jill and I with the team.
Another of Jill inspecting and slipping the course.
Here is Jill with the team having lunch at a restaurant at Sun Valley.
Another of Jill at Sun Valley.
Here is Jill with Barni Davenport. Barni, the daughter of our good friends Roger and Elody Link, was an LA girl that could really ski.
Abover are Jill and Buddy Werner on the bus to a race.
Here is the team in Sun Valley after a race.
On the left is Jill and Buddy Werner jumping, and on the right is Jill racing slalom.
A few more of Jill in Sun Valley.
Here is another of Jill and Buddy Werner.
More of Jill and friends at Sun Valley.
Jill and friends in Bishop.
On the left is Barni Davenport, Jill, Me and Janice Castagno.
The three shots above are of Jill, Linda Myers and me training before snow had fallen.
Here are some shots of Jill in the hospital in Salt Lake City. She always had a smile.
Here is Jill with some of her family celebrating a birthday.
Here is Jill with Andrea Mead Lawrence at Cortina, Italy.
Here is Roma, Jill and Linda Myers.
Here is Jill with Bobby Kennedy.
Above, on the right, is Jill teaching class in Bishop.
Above are some signed photos of various well-known skiers as gifts to Jill. There’s Warren Miller, Christian Pravda, Dick Buek and Yves Latreille.
On the left is Jill with her mother. On the right is Jill in college.
Above are some recent photos of Jill. There are a few from our art exhibition at the Ski Museum, the Memorial Day tribute, and finally John and Jill at their home in Bishop.