John Briner

Durango, Colorado


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After 71 magical years of living and loving, John Briner crossed over into the heart of love-in the presence of his soulmate on August 12, 2018. A beloved son, brother, husband, friend, father and community member John embraced life fully, never failing to grow, and evolve throughout his entire...

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I heard rumors of the sad news last month, but did not make an effort to check whether it was true until today, rummaging through old PSIA paperwork in search of his signature. John was my clinic leader for level III Exam Prep. He gave us all individual feedbacks, and mine was that my skiing at that time was not good enough to pass the exam. Yet, his way to relate the bad news was one that I have been trying to imitate each time I find myself in John shoes (well, ski boots at the time). And...

I'd like to say, I feel honored to call John my friend. I held him in high regard. He passed me for my PSIA level II certification and failed me for one of my many tries at Level III. No one was happier for me than John when he learned that I had finally obtained my Full Certification shortly after. He was my boss at Telluride for a season. He was one of the kindest men I ever knew. That kindness was evident as my examiner and as my friend. There was a standing invite to Skagway--as...

John, that smile - the best. Worked under him for 7 years. He and Fritz made a great team. Remember those softball games on skis against the ski patrol. Those dinners at Purg. lodge and then off to Molas pass for our full moon skiing. what great times with John and the gang.
Does any know if the celebration of life has happened ? thanks
Keith DeLine , Centennial Co.

I skied with him when I was a kid at Purgatory and never forgot his gentle kindness. He is a legend.

That infectious grin! I will miss seeing it...him.
Even though we didn't run into to each other much, the joy of knowing him has encompassed more than 50 years.
John made the world more fun!