CU Ski Program Mourns the Passing of All-Time Great Brad Ghent – BuffZone
Colorado’s ski program is mourning the loss of one of its all-time bests.
On Thursday, CU announced that Brad Ghent, a former All-American and member of four NCAA national championship teams, died recently at Edwards, after a five-year battle with ALS. He was 69 years old.
Ghent was on the first four of eight consecutive championship teams at CU from 1972 to 1975. Ghent was on the Alpine team and was All-American in 1974. Each of his four CU teams were also RMISA champions. His five top-five finishes in downhill races still rank sixth in CU history and he was inducted into the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame in the class of 2018.
Ghent was already set to be recognized on CU’s Mountain of Honor this year, which will be presented at the 51st annual Ski Ball on Oct. 14.
Born December 7, 1952, Ghent grew up in Fort Collins before moving to Eagle County in 1991. Ghent’s affinity for skiing was honed during his long drives to Winter Park each weekend for s train and race with the Winter Park Alpine Ski Team.
This commitment led to a spot on the CU ski team, initially as an extra, but he soon earned a spot on the A team. He graduated from CU with a business degree in 1975 and went on to focused on coaching. He worked for the United States Ski Team as a women’s alpine coach until 1986, which included his 1985 team winning four world championship medals.
After his work with the US Ski Team, he returned to Fort Collins where he and his wife, Karen Lancaster Ghent, started their family. The couple were married for 36 years and had three daughters, Erika, Christa and Abby. Erika skied for the Buffs from 2010 to 2012 and also made an NCAA championship team in 2011 while earning five All-America honors.
Ghent continued to support ski racing throughout his life and was a FIS-certified technical delegate, officiating races from junior to world championship and Olympic level (including countless CU home meets). He has served on the Vail Ski and Snowboard Club Board of Directors, the Rocky Mt. Ski Race Officials Board of Directors, and was recognized as the 2015 Vail Valley Foundation Volunteer of the Year. after leading volunteer staff up the hill as Talon Crew Coordinator from 2000 to the 2015 World Championships.
Off the mountain, Ghent was a pilot, world traveler and outdoor sports enthusiast. He loved mountain biking and finished second in his age group in the Leadville 100 race in 2012.
A celebration of life will be held at Ghent’s residence in Edwards on September 18. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations in Brad’s honor to the ALS Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter.