Bode Miller

Olympian skier Tom Corcoran dies, founded popular ski resort

Tom Corcoran, an Olympic skier who founded the Waterville Valley ski resort in New Hampshire that became popular with racers and celebrities, has died. He was 85.

Former assistant Jan Stearns said Corcoran died Tuesday at his home in Seabrook Island, South Carolina, following a brief illness. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, whose family bought the resort in 2010, offered his condolences Wednesday and said he grew up skiing with Corcoran's family.

"Tom wasn't just the founder of Waterville Valley, he was the spirit that grew it into one of the most storied destinations in New England," he said.

Corcoran was born Nov. 16, 1931, and grew up in Canada, where he...