#247: A Tribute to Jill Kinmont-Boothe

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.

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Diana RiggsJanuary 21, 2016 - 9:34 pm

A long time ago, 32 years to be exact, I was finishing a degree in special education to be a teacher…started thinking about my father. I had remembered my father showing me a magazine…LOOK is what I think it was. I was from a college town in upstate NY and we were skiers. I was probably 8 years old and the tom-boy of course. I was daddy’s dream of a future Olympic downhill slalom racer when he showed me that magazine. Big article on the Olympic hopeful Jill Kinmont. Well, I never forgot that, and so at the time I was graduating from teacher school, I read somewhere that she had settled in Bishop California, and I just wrote a letter to Jill Kinmont and addressed it to Bishop, Calif. A few weeks later I received a postcard, handwritten with a pen/ink sketch on the front. It was a lovely message of encouragement as I embarked on my career as a Special Education Teacher and it was signed Jill. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out who it was from, and then it hit me, Oh My Gosh, it’s from Jill Kinmont! I’m 58 now and still have that postcard and I’m still in education. Eight years ago I had a ruptured brain aneurysm and subsequent brain surgery. I’m still alive, and though I had a long recovery time and a lot of relearning to do, I’ve overcome much of my disabilities and have found after a long haul, that there are some people that can look beyond a handicapping condition and appreciate who you are on the inside and that your brain still works and you are capable of many things.
Thanks Jill for being a real inspiration to me in my early 20’s and for sending that personal postcard of encouragement. You made my day I was and still am very proud of that which I still have and am proud to share with generations that have no idea of the struggles not only of women back in the day, but the discrimination that took place toward people who had disabilities, rather ‘abilities’ but were being pushed away. Loved this tribute of pictures of the past. Thank you.
Diana Riggs

ESTELLE VAN ZYLOctober 25, 2015 - 1:41 pm

Thank you so much for posting these lovely pictures. I was 19 at the time the movie was originally released and I heard of this wonderful woman for the first time. Being a former gymnast, she always served as an inspiration for me. My thoughts are with all those who were close to her.

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John ScurichJuly 25, 2015 - 10:58 pm

One of the few people who I truly admired. She was truly an inspiration and teacher to all of us who think our lives are tough because things don’t always go our way. She taught us about those things in life that really matter. My only regret is I never had the honor of meeting her in person. My sincere thanks for putting this site together.

Martha HutchingsJuly 21, 2015 - 3:33 pm

Miss Kinmont was my reading teacher on Mercer Island, Wa. If not for her kindness I would have never accomplished anything. Rest in peace and thank you, Martha Marich Hutchings

Melissa D.July 14, 2015 - 8:21 am

I was browsing campground hosting opportunities and came across one in Bishop, CA. My next thought was Jill, and I typed in “Other Side of the Mountain” only to learn she’s passed three years now. I remember so much reading The Other Side of The Mountain, and also book 2. That was somewhere around forty years ago, (!) and they made an impression on me that lasts to this day. Seeing the beautiful photographs and reading other’s comments, I had tears in my eyes when I started to write this. But I’ll bet Jill would have no one cry for her – she had a fuller life than most could hope for, before and after her accident. Jill’s story, and the stories of those in her life have always been with me and always will. I always wanted to write her a letter, and I wish I had. Thank you for this tribute page to your friend. We can all only wish that years after we pass, strangers would care so much. Jill, along with those I’ve loved, lives on! Thank you. Beautiful Photos!

(P.S. My only skiing experience was straight. Down. Never did learn to turn:) And my photography skills are even worse than my skiing, but I do so admire both talents in others.) M.

Jeannie O'FlahertyJune 20, 2015 - 9:22 am

I was a kid when Jill had her accident. Somehow it affected me so profoundly that I wrote a letter simply addressed to “The Girl Who Broke Her Back in a Ski Accident”. Apparently it was received, for years later – when I read “The Other Side of the Mountain” it was mentioned on page 144. The book is old & tattered & yes, I still have it.

AudraJoMay 20, 2015 - 5:47 pm

My mother named me after reading and seeing the movies about Jill. Thank you for the pictures to get more insight into their lives. I’m enjoying the book myself now and looking for the movies. A name to live up to.

Efren YeoNovember 14, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Jill movie are my favorite, its inpired me to marry my wife, Our love & team song “Its Time To Say I Love You”. For this movie we never quarrel, now we are 36 yrs in marriaged had 3 daughters. Thanks to John Boothe for taking good care of Jill to her last day. I Salute you John. Thank You

Bradley sherrowNovember 1, 2014 - 7:36 pm

I was in second grade at island park elementary school on Mercer Island and had the special honor of having Jill as my reading teacher. Many of my memories from such a young age have faded but my memory of Jill are strong as yesterday.
She had a special touch and calmness that I remember and the ability to teach the slower kids.
A very very special women with such a kind heart.

Bradley Sherrow

Gene GreenwoodJuly 30, 2014 - 6:45 pm

Thank you so much Dave for putting this together. I only once met Jill and her positive magnetism captured me. And iof course I amm familiar with her story. She did not live the same kind of life you have led but she lived perhaps a happier life then we.

KellyJuly 17, 2014 - 1:45 pm

I never got to meet or get to know Jill Kinmont Booths…but I did watch the 2 movies based on her life On the Otherside of the Mountain 1 & 2

Sabyn KuriskyApril 27, 2014 - 10:55 am

I knew Mrs.boothe, as I was one of her students in her elementary class in the late 80’s. Her resource class, I had learning disabilities. I remember her very well. I was just recently made aware of her death. I wrote a paper on her in February, unaware she had passed. I also haven’t spoke to or seen Mrs.Boothe since I was a young little girl of 8 years old. I only had Mrs.Boothe & Her teacher aide Mrs.Kiser one year. A few years later, we moved from Bishop, up to Mammoth. She has remained in a special place in my heart all these years. I am 37 years old now. I knew her as a magnificent teacher. My fondest memory was the the times Mrs. Boothe would take her students to lunch on Friday at Burger King. Only if you did a good job in class, earning your lunch with her. She drove us her self. The COOLEST thing ever was her van, and how she drove, it was so exciting! To see how she drove & all the mechanism’s she had to do so. I didn’t know at the time but while she was teaching us the normal school curriculum, she actually taught great independence, and strength, to be lovingly fierce within your soul. To this day she is my favorite teacher. I have NEVER forgotten her. I am sad to hear of her passing, but so grateful to have had shared a moment in time with her. My condolences to her husband, family, friends & students.

[…] Read more about Jill in her 2012 obituary in the Los Angeles Times.  Also, her one-time coach, and the founder/developer of Mammoth Mountain, Dave McCoy, has a wonderful collection of photos at his website, Dave McCoy Photography. […]

[…] Husband John Boothe was quoted in the Los Angeles Times as saying, “I think the thing that impressed me most the first time I met her was that after a few minutes you forgot all about her being in a wheelchair. She obviously isn’t preoccupied by it and pretty soon you’re not either.” (See Dave McCoy’s photo tribute to his friend Jill Kilmont Boothe. http://www.davemccoyphoto.com/247-a-tribute-to-jill-kinmont-boothe/) […]

Shelli In OklahomaFebruary 27, 2014 - 5:00 am

I came today after hearing of the Russian skier who was paralized this year from an accident she suffered during a training accident at the Olympics in Sochi on February 15, two days after Jill died.. though she died in 2012. I immediately thought of Jill and wondered about how her life was going. Sadly today was also the day I learned of her passing. Where was I? I hadn’t heard she’d died. It was sad news for me. I too, of course, watched the movies. I was 9 years old when “The Other Side of the Mountain” was made. I don’t know how old I was when I first seen it, when it first was aired on television I’m sure. Part 2, I was old enough to have a girly crush on the actor Timothy Bottoms, he was way too old for me though! ha!.. I’m so glad to have found all these images of Jill. Thank you so much for making this lovely tribute to her.

jessica wilsonFebruary 17, 2014 - 2:08 pm

I remember watching OSM with my mother when i was in 6th grade, almost 40 years ago. it made us talk about life and its meaning. how to over come obstacles and barriers. thanks for posting such nice pictures of Jill KInmont. And thank Jill Kinmount for being such an wonderful inspiration to so many people. jessica wilson, seattle.

CatherineFebruary 17, 2014 - 9:08 am

Skiing this Saturday (2/15) at Cannon Mountain (home of Bode Miller) in Franconia, NH, my family visited the New England Ski Museum, which is at the base. A picture of Andrea Mead Lawrence speaking to her contributions to skiing, made me recall the movie and how Jill admired Andrea’s talent. Sharing this with my husband (who never saw the movie), I explained how Jill’s story made a huge impact on me. So much so, that I wrote to her, much to my mother’s dismay (I think she feared I would write something inappropriate so as to upset Jill), and Jill wrote back! Needless to say I, at 12yrs old, was over the moon! This morning (2/17) I thought to google her, only to find that she has passed, 2 years to this date. She had been challenged with so much, and still rose above it and brought so much joy to others in the process. She will always have a special place in my heart.

Mia ChristopherFebruary 16, 2014 - 8:54 pm

I am thinking about Jill so much today but I know that she is looking down on Sochi today with a big old smile & the wind in her face!

Kathy KilgoreFebruary 4, 2014 - 5:09 am

I was 13 when I saw this movie and I cried fir three days. When the second one came out I just HAD to see it!!! I was so happy for her. I felt a connection with her because I was in gymnastics too. I loved gymnastics very much I wasn’t Olympic bound but I loved it just just the same. I have been disabled since I was 37 when I became disabled. Now that I am 50 I see the connection. I have followed her for years. Mine started when I went under an 18 wheeler and survived. And she married a man who she thought was killed by one. They thought that too of me. But I am alive and she has been an inspiration fir me BECAUSE I SAW THESE FILMS AT SUCH AN IMPRESSIONABLE AGE. THANK YOU JILL. GOD BLESS YOU and YOUR WONDERFUL FAMILY.

Robin AlexanderJanuary 20, 2014 - 3:18 am

I was watching the movie today on Netflix. I was always captivated by Beau Bridges character. Beau was such a great actor that I wanted to find out the rest of the story. After watching both movies & reading up on Jill I am even more confused. I wished movies stuck to real life. I am so sorry to hear Jill has died but what an amazing life. She got to experience the newest in technology as time went on, I’m sure it helped her greatly, as in motorized wheel chairs. I’m interested in reading the book if I can get my hands on it. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing these pictures of her life. Thank you. Jill has not ever been to far from my mind ever since the movie came out. I was born in ’63, so didn’t really know anything about her until the movie. She had gumption. I am glad she found happiness in marriage. Bless her husband.

GaryJanuary 17, 2014 - 10:01 am

Jill is a hero and a legend to me. These photos are awesome and fitting for a special human being that lived my lifetime.

SallyJanuary 8, 2014 - 5:51 pm

I am so happy to find this story. I remember going to see the movie number 1. I knew nothing of her at the time but once I started to watch the movie I cried through most of it. The thing that has stuck in my mind all these years is what she at the beginning of the movie. I still remember just where I sat in the show. I was born in the same year as Jill only in November. My grandson now has a girl friend who was paralyzed at the age of 19 in a car accident. Being around her makes me appreciate my life even more. She is also injured in her neck which was broken in the accident.
God Bless Jill’s husband and family

Susan StevensonJanuary 1, 2014 - 7:06 pm

What a lovely tribute to a beautiful woman! I am also watching The Other Side of the Mountain (both 1&2), and the movies made me want to learn more about Jill. What a gorgeous and gifted woman she was!

Robin KriensDecember 2, 2013 - 9:26 pm

Thank you for sharing your photos. I just finished watching “The Other Side of the Mountain – Parts 1 & 2. What a great story – a life well lived. Your pictures were a glimpse into her real life beyond the movie – well done. What an amazing person she must have been – an inspiration!

Lana Milliken BrumfieldNovember 11, 2013 - 12:11 am

I watched The Other Side of the Mountain this evening. I had no idea of the story line, but the title piqued my interest. At the age or 34 I fractured my c-spine in a diving accident. At the time my 3 children were quite young, ages 14 months, 4 and 6. The journey has been both beautiful and challenging. Unlike Jill, I did not become paralyzed, but live with constant intractable pain. As a part of this journey I, too, discovered the reason God allowed me to live: to paint, to raise my children, to become a professor of nursing, and to enjoy my beautiful children and husband, and yes- to ski! I am completing a PhD in Nursing and an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. While pain is a constant companion, it is also a part of the word paint. I am blessed to have family and friends who have helped me to paint the most glorious work of all… Love. Blessings to you, Jill and her family- I will meet her on The other Side of the Mountain- in Heaven! Fondly, Lana

[…] with other Olympic hopefuls. Only she wasn’t hopeful as much as a shoo-in. Kinmont trained at Mammoth Mountain with Dave McCoy and friends and was the only person to win the women’s National Junior and […]

Mia ChristopherSeptember 27, 2013 - 2:43 pm

Dear Dave,

Although I wasn’t born until 1956 and missed Jill’s amazing career I have been a fan since I read ‘The other Side of the Mountain’ so many years ago. I have always tried to keep up with her(the internet has made that so much easier!)and was saddened to learn of her death. But it was just recently that I found this website & was thrilled to see pictures of Jill & friends. Thank you for keeping her legacy alive.

Be Blessed,

StephanieSeptember 16, 2013 - 8:05 pm

I just watched Jill’s movies, The Other Side of the Mountain parts 1 & 2 on Netflix. I had never seen them before as I was just a baby when they came out and I had never heard of her, but I was so moved by her story I had to look her up and see what had become of Jill and John. What a beautiful person, and I was so thrilled she found happiness with John. I really enjoyed these pictures. Thanks and God bless.

Allen E. RizziSeptember 2, 2013 - 6:46 am

Dear Dave,

Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful photos.

While I am not a skier, I was so moved by the film “The Other Side of the Mountain,” I sought out and met Jill in Bishop, California. At the time, I was an English teacher in Los Angels and I had fished the Owens River for many years.

She has always remained an inspiration to me and many other simple people of my generation. My thanks to her and my thanks to you as well.

Allen E. Rizzi

StanAugust 3, 2013 - 12:31 am

I just bought the “Other Side of the Mountain” films so I was curious to see whatever happened to Jill. I am very sad to hear about her passing. Her life was an inspiration in ways she may have never dreamed of. A few years after “OSOTM” was released I got a phone call that still haunts me today. I was 12 at the time.
The phone rang and I was told to get my “sister”. A short time later I found out that my sisters bf was murdered. It was horrible time. A few months of hell to put it mildly. Then somehow we caught “The Other of the Mountain Pt 2” and it was something my whole family could relate too. After the ending of Part 1 I wasn’t sure what to expect. All of our nerves were still very raw however the ending was wonderful and it did prove there lightness after the dark. I am sure Jill is now reunited with Dick her mother and father .

Fred DrillingJuly 21, 2013 - 10:25 pm

I lived 3 houses away from Jill in Playa del Rey in the late 50’s and early 60’s. I put her wheel chair in my trunk and drove her to UCLA in ’60-’61. She was such a wonderful gal, so attractive, smart, funny, and inspirational. I’m so sorry she passed away but so happy that she made such a wonderful life for herself and the myriad of others that she helped with her inspiration.
She is definitely a person I will never forget.

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Gina sheldrakeJuly 8, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Dave thanks for sharing this, sorry it has been a year for me to find this great tribute to Jill. She has been one of my favorite idols in skiing more than Bill Koch, Steve and Phil Mahre and many more, but the legends are still my favorite as you will see in my website. My passion for skiing has been carried on to design and love the old time photos and artwork. I have loved old skiing photo and now have your cover photo in my office of Jill, the two favorites, someday I wanted jill to sign the cover but perhaps I can at least get you to sign it, if you are in the Aspen area of Colorado let me know! Otherwise if you are up for it, I would love to mail to you? Thanks for sharing such a great tribute!

MercedesJuly 6, 2013 - 7:01 am

I am so deeply sadden. I did not know Jill had passed away. May she rest in peace. Can’t believe this was not on the news. I first heard of Jill when I saw “The Other Side Of The Mountain”. I was just a teen and it was the first movie to ever make me cry. I never forgot Jill and often wondered what became of her. A few years later I am in the Air Force barracks in Japan in the tv room and there were some magazines laying on a table. One caught my attention. It was a picture of a woman in a wheelchair on her wedding day. I picked it up and it was Jill. I was so happy to know that she had finally found happiness with a man that loved her deeply. After that Other Side of Mountain 2 came out and I went to see it. Both movies are in my collection and I watch them often, especially when times are rough. They give me hope and inspire me. John you are a wonderful man and I admire you. Both you and Jill are an inspiration to so many. Jill, I will always remember you and all the lessons I’ve learn from watching and reading your story. I hope we meet someday on the other side. Thank you for all you did for others and for teaching us what a real woman is made of. May God bless and keep you in his loving arms.

Bette Palotay HoneaJune 13, 2013 - 10:51 pm

My family vacationed at the Kinmont’s Rocking K Ranch in Bishop for years. Jill taught my sister and brother to swim and ride horses there! One of my favorite pictures is of me in my diapers toddling around the pool. I can still remember how big that pool seemed to me and catching/eating the fish I caught in the pond at the ranch is a great memory as well. I am so sorry to hear of her passing, I remember reading the books written about her and watching the movies – she was such an inspiration to us all! She truly was beautiful inside and out, the epitome of class! Thank you Dave for posting these pictures, she was lucky to count you as a friend!! The one that made me tear up the most was the one of her in her wheelchair on skis – what a great idea, I am sure she was thrilled to be back skiing!

Scott WilkensJune 5, 2013 - 3:42 pm

I read the books and saw the movies: “The Other Side of the Mountain” (parts 1&2) back in the 1970’s and was very moved by them. In Jan 1990 I suffered a broken neck and back. Fortunately, I made a 99% recovery and since 1994 I have worked as a private duty nurse for quadriplegics. I always recommend books/movies about Jill Kinmont to my patients, as well as any others I can find about quadriplegics triumphing in life after their horrible injury. Jill’s story inspired me to learn to ski in 1995. Dick Buek’s story inspired me to learn to ride motorcycles and skydive. Thanks for sharing these photos of your dear friend and her friends.

Buddy RossMay 11, 2013 - 9:08 pm

Last time I saw this movie I was 12, today I am 47 and watched it with my 11 year old son.

Jill’s story is so inspiring to me.
Congratulations to John for all of his love and devotion.

Jill is your angel!!

RhondaMay 6, 2013 - 1:30 pm

I just found this page, and it so very inspiring. I too have watched the movie, and wanted to see the real Jill. I had no idea that she passed away this year.
She surely was an inspiration. My prayers and condolences to the family.

Den ClarkApril 12, 2013 - 10:03 pm

I want to kick myself.i lived in south lake Tahoe and had no idea John and Jill lived in Carson city.you both have been an inspration to me.I am married to a wonderful women like Jill and I am sure I will get to meet her when i get to Hevan GID BLESS YOU BOTH DEAR JOHN AND JILL

Lupe RamirezMarch 19, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Jill Kinmont has been an inspiration for me ever since I heard and saw her story. I always admired her for her accomplishments and for the strength she carried with her for so many years. She was an angel who touched so many lives. I never got tired of seeing her true story made into movies. I never got to meet her or see her paintings but she will dearly be missed.

Bob AntunovichMarch 13, 2013 - 1:26 pm

I was so happy to find your site enjoyed the picks would love to see the us team wear her intials on their sleeve Thank you so much and may she always be remembered

Violet WeedMarch 12, 2013 - 3:12 pm

I was thinking about Jill Kinmont just now and went looking for her story. I did not realize she had died a year ago. Thank you for posting this wonderful tribute to a great lady. The pictures are lovely, and your reminiscences make them even more special.
I’m sure that Jill Kinmont was glad to call you ‘friend’.

Next time I’m in California, I’ll make sure I visit Bishop. It seems to be a very good place to raise a family too.

God bless you.

Lane FabrizioMarch 7, 2013 - 6:00 pm

I watched The Other Side Of The Mountain, Parts 1 and 2. Jill kinmont and those movies made such an impression on me, that my husband and I ended up in Bishop, years later, looked up jill’s address and drove to a near by street, looking down upon her and John’s street/house. (Not stalking) I As we parked our SUV her and John came out of the house, jill got into the van and John kissed her! I was so excited, I wanted to go down there and introduce myself- My dear husband was too embarrassed, so I didn’t go. Now that I’ve learned about her passing, I wished I had- This was all back in 1996-1997. My dear husband has also passed so young, in 2010. Bless him for caring so much for me to take me on that journey. And, bless Jill, whose story has always been such a huge encouragement for me!

Melina EasterbrookFebruary 9, 2013 - 8:28 pm

I remember watching both movies when they first came out and getting both books, and reading them. She was an inspiration. So sad to hear of her passing what a blessing she found John and he her. I enjoyed the pictures you posted.
After almost 20 years of marriage, a sudden divorce, (though necessary) the blessed adoption of my brother with special needs (we have the same father) I returned to school. I am earning my AA and AA in Early Childhood Education. I plan to return to earn my BA in Special Education. Watching these movies under the “classic” section in Netflix, reminds me I can succeed on this new path. although hers was more complex climbing from the bottom of the mountain. She was and is a beautiful person. A beautiful story of a wonderful woman and her extraordinary life

Carmen Elaine JohnstonFebruary 7, 2013 - 9:52 am

I came to know about Jill from watching The Other Side of the Mountain on network TV. I think I was about 14 and remember the impact her story had on me. Never quit! No matter what! Just 2 days ago, I watched it again and all the same feelings came back. I’m sad to hear she has passed on, but happy to know she’s skiing in heaven. She truly is an inspiration to everyone. Thank you so much for posting this tribute to her amazing life. The pictures are beautiful. Thank you!

Jacquie FreemanFebruary 5, 2013 - 2:32 am

Jill was always an inspiration! I was a young woman 20 years old when I first heard her story and watched “The Other Side of the Mountain”. I later became a teacher in lart because of her. Thank you for this beautiful tribute to her and her insurmountable spirit! She is now free of physical affirmity in heaven. I plan on showing my grandchildren the movie and also your tribute pictures.

Marietta MJanuary 19, 2013 - 6:59 pm

Greetings! I just finished watching a young Jill Kinmont as portrayed by Marilyn Hasset and what an inspiration she has been. I watched her first movie back in 1975 as a young Native American girl in 5th grade, and just finished re-watching both films recently. She was such an inspiration to me back then and after 37 years later, her life has re-lit and re-fired up that zest for life I thought that I had lost! May the Jill Kinmont Boothe spirit live on in all of us forever!! Thank you Dave McCoy Photography for such an wonderful pictoral tribute. I understand these humanitarian efforts. I myself have gone on to become an elementary teacher. God’s Blessings to everyone.

JennJanuary 13, 2013 - 8:23 pm

We just finished watching “The Other Side of the Mountain”. I’d read Jill’s story years ago and have seen the movie before. I got on line to see what I could find out about her currently and was sad to learn she had passed away. Love your tribute. Thank you.

Marjorie LowryNovember 29, 2012 - 2:22 pm

Dear Dave-
I was a lift operator for you for a few years at both Mammoth and June. I worked the old chair 1 and was the last operator on Chair 11 (I was TERRIFIED all day- worst part, Ski Patrol making comments behind me all day about avalanches) before the chair was destroyed. I am wondering if pieces of the shack are still up there. :)
I was never a great skiier- too anxious about falling, but I loved the Mountain…went camping there from childhood. And I loved Jill Kinmont. I remember being in the lodge when she came in one day and the whole bar falling silent. She was truly a beautiful lady!
Thank you not only for being the place where I learned to work- (A comment Bill Cockroft made has been my work ethic all these years- You are not working for the Mountain, you are working for the GUESTS.) even as a teacher, it still applies. And thank you for this extraordinary tribute to Jill Kinmont!

Brian A. AsburyNovember 5, 2012 - 10:47 pm

Thank you for this photo tribute of an extraordinary woman. Jill was an inspiration to many, including me, and still is. Thank you for your kindness and uplifting spirit, Jill, and the positive and encouraging life you lived.

Karen CarringtonOctober 14, 2012 - 10:15 pm

Just saw the “Other Side of the Mtn.” and it brought back memories of often seeing Jill Kinmont during my UCLA days in the late 50’s. I always wondered why the beautiful blond young woman in the wheel chair was always surrounded by lots of handsome young men. Must have been the fact that she was always smiling and had such an incredible personality. They may have been athletes.

MagghieSeptember 24, 2012 - 9:15 am

I have worked for 23 years as a nurse, I worked mostley at night. I still have nights where I am unable to sleep. I spend a lot of time reading,needle work, and watching movies on netflix with ear buds in so that I do not bother the others that are asleep. These two movies are very inspiring to me every time I see them. Jill and John give hope that anyone can fine their happy ever after. With heart felt condolences to one and all that will love her. Magghie

NancyAugust 29, 2012 - 9:44 pm

Thank you so much for your photo tribute to Jill Kinmont Boothe, a woman who I have greatly admired since seeing the movie, The Other Side of the Mountain, so many years ago. She has always been one of my heroes, and her life was a true blessing to so many.

Jennifer Nicodemo-CapraAugust 14, 2012 - 7:22 pm

Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and memories of Jill. As a child I watched the first movie about her life. I was so inspired by her story and accomplishments. Her life always stuck with me. I became a physical therapist, in part, because of the insight & strength I witnessed in her journey. I just shared the movies with my own children. She touched so many lives, thank you for capturing her spirit. I wish peace & comfort to those of you who knew her best. Thank you again for sharing.

Robert McMichael, MDJuly 7, 2012 - 9:18 pm

I saw the movies about Jill Kinmont as a medical student in the 1970s and read her biographies. As a disabled young adult myself, the story of her life encouraged me. She succeeded in an era when the physical and social barriers faced by a disabled person were greater than they are today. The story of Jill Kinmont and John Boothe is important to me because it shows the humanity and value of a person who has a spinal injury as well the physical effects of that injury. That is a benefit to all disabled persons. I thank you for honoring her life with your photographic tribute.

Rev. Diane MettamMarch 8, 2012 - 9:05 pm

When I was in high school Jill was my hero. I read the book and I was so inspired. I figured if Jill could accomplish all that she did, I could overcome anything. Later in my life it was my privilege to know Jill, and to count her as a friend through our church. She was the first person to volunteer for our mentor program, and she mentored not one child, but two. I have to admit I was a bit starstruck, but Jill soon made you forget all that. She was just a great, down-to-earth person. We would pick up her mom for church, and June was just the same. And then my life took a left turn, and I was in a wheelchair. Jill was now my roll model. I could look to her to handle the transition from legs to wheels with grace. And was I flattered when someone mistook me for Jill one day at the market. They heard me coming, they said. And I was rolling so fast, they thought it must be Jill. Yeah!

Susan Berglin TubbsMarch 7, 2012 - 7:22 am

Dave. I learned about Jill in 1974 when chosing her Indian Education Fund for our youth groups statewide community service project. Traveling around the state for a year promoting her efforts, meeting Jill and then the premiere of her first movie. A tremendous inspiration to me and the 15,000 girls in our state.

We are presenting her life at a convention in Fresno on March 31st and anxious to once again bring Jill to our girls

Kathleen KinmontFebruary 27, 2012 - 8:28 am

I was named after Jill by my mother, Marlene Smith (Abby Dalton) and Jack Smith. What an honor and a gift her name her has been in my life. I had such a beautiful conversation with Jill during the holidays. We reminisced about the screening of her film, “The Other Side of the Mountain.” I was the lucky kid who got to attend and sit right behind her, as she watched her life unfold before her on the big screen. We spoke of her love of art art, family and children. She was funny and and open, and I could feel her smile through the phone line. I was floating for days from our talk and I know I will always be uplifted when I think of her incredible spirit. Her life was filled with as much joy and tragedy a person could possibly bear, and she did it with grace and an unstoppable positive outlook. Her legacy of a true champion will live on forever.

Jeannine HongFebruary 24, 2012 - 1:01 pm

Jill’s story touched my life when I was in grade school in the 1970’s and saw the movie and read the book about her life. I have never forgotten about her and have two postcards she sent me with her drawing of Mt. Tom and a personal note that I treasure. I was so saddened to learn of her death. Her wonderful spirit will live on in all the lives she touched. My condolences to Jill’s husband and family. Thank you to Dave McCoy for the beautiful photo tribute.

Suzette PoirierFebruary 21, 2012 - 7:38 pm

Dave, Thank you so very much in sharing this wonderful, heartfelt pictures. Jill has touch my family is so many ways and will truly be missed.Thank you for helping her live on with these awesome pictures.

Shari SchmidtFebruary 20, 2012 - 11:35 pm

Both you and Jill have had a great influence in my life. Thanks for posting such a great tribute to her!
Jill’s “can do” attitude has inspired me. When I moved to Mammoth, I was recovering from a broken back. Six years ago, I was involved in another accident and can no longer bend my knee. So, now I’m learning to sit ski. If adaptive sports had been developed sixty years ago, I believe Jill would have been right there! She was such an inspiration for women and disabled persons.
I always admired the family atmosphere you created with your employees. I know that is one of the primary reasons I spent ten years at MMSA. Then, when I decided to return to school, you encouraged me. Thank you!
I’ll be up skiing “the steeps of Chair 11” next month. It still puts a big grin on my face.

Connie Lizza MoyerFebruary 20, 2012 - 9:24 pm

Ski racing teaches young people so much more than just sport! Through all of Jill’s adversities, she was so tough….. toughness learned through training for skiing. You see this throughout Dave’s photos. To me that is the theme here. The young faces on the ski team change on Mammoth Mountain over the years, but the tough attitudes young people acquire through this amazing sport are consistent. As a little kid on the ski team, I remember a young pretty woman in a wheel chair who watched us skiing from ” Jill’s Room”. At the time, I was too young to know who she was or her story. Later after reading, “The Other Side of the Mountain”, one of my most favoritist books ever, I was honored to know that she was watching us MMST kids training. Thanks Dave for sharing these photos, but most of all for instilling the ski racing toughness in so many of us no matter what adversities life may throw at us!

Jon RevealFebruary 20, 2012 - 8:28 pm

The photo with Jill on row 36 is with Christian Pravda and not Buddy Warner

TerriFebruary 20, 2012 - 5:53 pm

Thank you so much for sharing these photos! The movie about Jill was a big inspiration for me as a teenage girl! Plus having family in Mammoth for many years, some of which I believe met Jill, adds a small personal touch to her story!

Jeff TunisonFebruary 19, 2012 - 6:40 pm

Thank you for sharing such wonderful memories of Jill. Though I never did meet her, I was certainly aware of her accomplishments and amazing personality and attitude that lifted her beyond her circumstance. Beautiful, thank YOU Dave for sharing.

Clifford Scott CarsonFebruary 18, 2012 - 11:15 am

This collection is simply AMAZING. I, like a lot of people, became intrigued with Jill through the film THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN. The movie that would not go away back in the mid 70’s. Originally I hadn’t planned on seeing it, but it’s success and staying power in the theaters lead me to it. I’ll never forget the experience or the moment at the end when the news of Dick Buek’s death hits Jill played by Marilyn Hassett. There was a woman behind me in the theatre who literally BURST into uncontrollable sobbing. The impact of that film and Jills story is inspiring. From then on I took whomever I could to the theatre who hadn’t seen the film. It’s the best movie ever made on the subject of becoming disabled. It covers all the basics, the tragedy, the denial, the depression, the parents who can only give her love and not much more, the friend who can only reinforce the reality and the person who comes back into her life to reconnect her with her spirit. Such a strong woman who inspired millions. While I feel sad she’s no longer here, the thought of her free and finally out of that wheelchair is overwhelming. What a wonderful time she must be having now. Thank you for posting these photographs.

Clifford Scott CarsonFebruary 18, 2012 - 11:14 am

This collection is simply AMAZING. I, like a lot of people, became intrigued with Jill through the film THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN. The movie that would not go away back in the mid 70’s. Originally I hadn’t planned on seeing it, but it’s success and staying power in the theaters lead me to it. I’ll never forget the experience or the moment at the end when the news of Dick Buek’s death hits Jill played by Marilyn Hassett. There was a woman behind me in the theatre who literally BURST into uncontrollable sobbing. The impact of that film and Jills story is inspiring. From then on I took whomever I could to the theatre who hadn’t seen the film. It’s the best movie ever made on the subject of becoming disabled. It covers all the basics, the tragedy, the denial, the depression, the parents who can only give her love and not much more, the friend who can only reinforce the reality and the person who comes back into her life to reconnect her with her spirit. Such a strong woman who inspired millions. While I feel sad she’s no longer here, the thought of her free and finally out of that wheelchair is overwhelming. What a wonderful time she must be having now. Thank you for posting these photographs. They quiver with feeling.

Patricia BlicharzFebruary 18, 2012 - 5:44 am

A Small Hello from France
Very judicious the idea to fix skis to the wheelchair of Jill Kinmont-Boothe.
Your comments make become aware that the mountain is very beautiful environment, but also unforeseeable, where the accidents are real. Prudence.

Jill Marlene Lamkin PellicciariniFebruary 17, 2012 - 9:50 pm

I was named after Jill by my mom, Dorthiann Lamkin and Bob Lamkin. They gave me SUCH a gift to carry her proud and beautiful name. I NEVER had to look very far for inspiration to get through hard things. She was with me all the time… I am sad to know that she has left this earth but I am SO glad that she lived the beautiful life that she did and was a leader both for women and people with disabilities. I love her. Thank you SO much for doing this tribute. I do not know if I am going to make it to Bishop tomorrow… I am in Reno. But I am sending all my love. And gratitude and brightest blessings.

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