grew up in Germany, and first came to North America to work on Canada's first gondola.
Burkhart was hired by Squaw Valley in 1962 and went on to supervise the installation of the resort's Garaventa cable car and many of the chairlifts spinning today as Squaw Valley's mountain manager and later as president.
"Cushing needed someone to oversee maintenance of that first gondola, and when he asked for a recommendation of a man for the job, the manufacturer pointed uphill to Burkhart
, who was hanging upside down over a cliff with a drill in his hand," wrote Nancy Cushing, Alex Cushing's wife, in a publication celebrating Squaw Valley
's fiftieth anniversary.
"Guys like Hans Burkhart
, Hardy Herger, Dick Reuter, Norm Saylor and Luggi Foeger were a few of the tactical and operational visionaries who actually built and operated the stuff of dreams in early California skiing."