Putnam was a prominent figure in New England ski racing for decades.
Monday, September 11, 2023, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
Paul Putnam at his 2012 retirement (second from left)
Longtime Berkshire East racing director Paul Putnam passed away on September 6 at the age of 73.
A native of Franklin County in Western Massachusetts, Putnam's career in the ski industry started in Jackson, New Hampshire, followed by time at the Stratton Mountain ski school.
Paul Putnam posing with the Grinch at a Berkshire East Christmas celebration (2002)
Putnam was one of the first employees hired by Roy Schaefer as he rescued Berkshire East from bankruptcy in 1976. Putnam was soon promoted to racing director and head coach of the Berkshire East Ski Team, organizing hundreds of large races. Over the course of over thirty years of service, Putnam helped to develop skiers who made US National Team, competed in the NCAA Championships, and became USCSA National Champions. In addition to race development, Putnam was also involved in operations and planning at Berkshire East.
Paul Putnam honoring his longtime assistant Gerry Seibert (2018)
Putnam retired from Berkshire East in 2012 and is survived by his wife Tina and son Jeff.