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Tributes grow for Finlayson

It’s not often we repeat a news story here on PlanetSKI, but this time we are. Frith Finlayson passed away last month. He was in his 80’s.

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We are doing so in order to draw people’s attention to the tributes to him that we have received.

Finlayson was a giant on the Scottish ski scene helping to set up BASI back in the early 1960’s and being one of the strongest characters in Cairngorm for decades.

Here on PlanetSKI we reported on his death, funeral services and invited people to share their thoughts on the man.

We have heard from many of his former pupils, his family, Swiss people that skied with him back in the 1950’s and now The Times has been on to us at PlanetSKI asking about the man for an obituary.

Here is a taste of some of the tributes to the man and his legacy.

“My husband, Werner Staeger, first taught Frith how to teach in the late 50’s early 60’s… we had many happy days helped on by Cafe Kirschs.Werner always said Frith was an exceptional skier. I am sure he will be sadly missed.”

“Many of us would not have achieved what we have without his advice and encouragement, as well as the odd dram!”

“Here’s to you Uncle Frith, I will love and remember you forever. You will be with all of us when we carve our first turns this season.”

“I grew up skiing on Cairngorm and remember Frith as one of the towering figures on the mountain without whom Scottish skiing probably wouldn’t have developed in the way it did or perhaps not at all.”

“Fond memories of a larger than life character who will be greatly missed.”

If you haven’t read the full tributes and take an interest in the history of skiing then see the tributes to him here.

It has become one of our most read stories on PlanetSKI recently.

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