The end of his life has coincided with the end of the ski season at Mont Sutton where he has left his mark for several decades. Jean Lessard was one of the last living legends of ski industry in Quebec. He left us last Saturday, April 27 at Brome-Missisquoi Hospital-Perkins Cowansville. The death of the octogenarian to the beautiful stature will be appalled over one who believed the eternal. Ski school pioneer Mont Sutton, this man leaves a memory that is not ready to be forgotten in the annals of skiing in Quebec.
Professional ski first, he spent 50 years of his life in Sutton, contributing to several activities in the region Sutton Golf Club, Golf Tournament, Optimist Club and Arts Gala. Beyond its region This elegant and charming professor skier skiing was considered one of the great skiing in Quebec. His curriculum speaks for itself; winner of the Adams Memorial at Mont Orford for 5 consecutive years, Canadian champion alpine skiing (slalom, giant slalom and combined) in 1959 and member of the Canadian Ski Team, he participated in the Olympic Winter Games in Squaw Valley in 1960 .
In 1921 the Sherbrooke Ski Club, the first organization dedicated to skiing, appears in the Eastern Townships. Members gather at Breault farm, on the road to Brompton, for skiing and cross-country. In 1940, downhill skiing is gaining in popularity, allowing the opening of the ski center Hillcrest in North Hatley. From 1943, members of Hillcrest Ski School can benefit from the advice of Eric Schiller, who teaches the famous Austrian slalom technique “wedeld”. It’s in Hillcrest (which later became Montjoye) what formed the great champion Sherbrooke Jean Lessard.
Jean Lessard gets his first success when he became junior champion Eastern Townships from 1948 to 1952. From 1953 to 1959 he was senior champion. In addition, he won the Adams Award at Mount Orford three consecutive years and in 1959 he won the slalom at the “Quebec Kandahar” of Mont Tremblant. Canadian champion in 1958 and 1959 he was a member of the Olympic team that participates in Squaw Valley Winter Games held in the United States in 1960. By fall 1960, he started as a professional in the Ski resort Mont Sutton where he will become the Ski School Director, which will become one of the best in the country. He was also a member and director of the Alliance of Ski Instructors of Canada.