Ronald Grover Berlack was born on April 21, 1994 in Winchester, Mass. He was a warm, kind, and caring young man, in addition to being an amazing athlete. We all miss him terribly!
At the age of two (in 1996), Ronnie and his family embarked on a 18-month sailing trip from America to the British Islands, Norway, and Sweden. That winter, they lived near Chamonix, France where Ronnie skied almost every day and attended French day care.
By the time Ronnie was three, he had sailed in the North Atlantic, the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, Barents Sea, and the whole Norwegian coast.
This long trip taught him two important lessons: to make friends fast when you meet kids near your age; and to be able to sleep anywhere. Both of these skills served him well in the ski racing world.
At the age of five, Ronnie moved with his family from Sudbury, Mass., to Franconia, NH. There he ski raced with the Franconia Ski Club. As a 10-year-old, he started in Jr. Race Program at Burke Mountain, VT. It was a smooth transition for him to attend Burke Mountain Academy for high school, where his dad, Steve, was (and still is) an alpine ski coach.
He graduated from Burke Mountain Academy in 2012, then was named to the U.S. Ski Team Development squad in the spring of 2013, and again in 2014.
In addition to his skiing accomplishments, Ronnie was an exceptional soccer goalie, good tennis player, a ferocious road and mountain biker, and a solid offshore sailor.
Ronnie knew he was fortunate to have many excellent coaches, teachers, and other role models who shaped his life and helped him reach his goals.
Ronnie was extraordinary. He cherished his extended ski racing family! He will long be remembered for his determination and passion for life. His grave marker says:
Ronnie — Loving Son, Brother, Teammate, and Friend