Updated: August 4th, 2008 1:38 PM

Dick Barrymore, ski film auteur, dead at 74


Dick Barrymore, maker of ski films and developer of a resort in Mexico, died at his Ketchum home Friday. He was 74. The cause, as reported by the Wood River Chapel, was brain cancer.

Barrymore was best known as the maker of action ski films, including Last of the Ski Bums, The Performers and Wild Skis. He documented powder skiing and mogul skiing, and celebrated so-called "hot dogs" who performed feats of daring on skis.

Barrymore also wrote "Breaking Even," his story of his life making ski films.

"With a normal motion picture, you shoot a film about a story," Barrymore wrote in "Breaking Even." "With a ski film, you make a story about the film you've shot."

Barrymore is also the developer of the Pulmo Beach Resort in Cabo Pulmo, Mexico.

A private family service is set for Thursday, Aug. 7. A public celebration of Barrymore's life is planned for Octo. 21, with details to be announced later.

See this Wednesday's Idaho Mountain Express for more details.

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