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Tributes to Peter Lunn

The British ski veteran died at the age of 97 at the end of last month. He started skiing at two years old and was skiing into his 90’s.

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Peter Lunn was the son of Sir Arnold Lunn, the man who developed ski racing and helped encourage the development of mass-market alpine tourism. 

Peter led the British ski team at the 1936 Olympics when slalom skiing was introduced for the first time into Olympic competition. His father was one of the officials.

The Games were held in Garmisch-Partenkichen in Germany but both men refused to take part in the opening ceremony due to its Nazi overtones.

In the war that followed Peter Lunn became a spy and worked for the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS). He continued working for SIS after the war ended in Berlin and Vienna where he was bureau chief.

Skiing was his passion and went to Murren in Switzerland for weeks at a time.

He competed many times in the famous Inferno Race, held in January in the resort. The Inferno was started by his father back in 1928 and is a 15km run from the top of Murren down to the valley floor.

2,000 people enter the race each winter.

He took part well into his 90’s and his only goal was not to finish last. He never did.

He wrote several books, including “The Guinness Book of Skiing”.

Britihs Ski and Snowboarding, the governing body of racing, has offered its condolences to his family and friends. “British Ski and Snowboard were greatly saddened to hear that former British Alpine Ski team member Peter Lunn has died,” it has said.

It paid further tribute to the man  in this article on its web site.

He leaves behind his partner of 25 years, Christa Palmer, and four children; two sons, Stephen and Bernard and two daughters Bridget and Elizabeth.

Peter Lunn 15th November 1914 – 30th November 2011

For the spirit of the mountains

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