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Georg Hirschland

August 26, 1959 — December 17, 2017

Georg Simon Hirschland, 58, of Wilson, died Saturday at his home in Wilson.

Georg was a passionate lifelong skier. Georg and his family moved to Wilson from the New York City area in the mid 1960s to enjoy both the summer and winter activities in Jackson Hole. Georg lived in Wilson part of his youth, attending Wilson School and Jackson Hole Middle and High Schools at various times. His family moved frequently.

When Georg became an adult, he chose Wilson as his permanent home, and has been here, with only brief absences, since.

Georg was an graceful and talented skier who honed that skill on the slopes of the Jackson Hole Resort.  Georg had decades of 100-day seasons on those slopes. (He regularly lamented that his mother did not buy him a lifetime pass when they were briefly offered in the early days of the Resort.)  For many years, until ski injuries and mental health issues reduced his time on the slopes, he had informal competitions with “Wild Bill” to see which of them could jump into S&S the most in a season. Corbett’s was another favorite of his. He will be missed by his many friends on the slopes.

Georg was also an ardent summer outdoorsman, thinking nothing of hiking Teewinot by himself multiple times in the summer. He first summited the Grand when he was 11 with his step-father, Peter Carmen. He was also, at various times, enjoyed biking and running.

Georg enjoyed playing duplicate bridge at the Jackson Hole Senior Center for many years. He worked briefly at Mountain House in the Community Counseling Center, and helped raise money for them by climbing Rendevous Mountain multiple times in the summer.

Georg is survived by his sisters, Liz Hirschland of Wilson (his twin) and Victoria Hirschland Hess of Jackson, and his nephews, Richard Hess of Jackson and Andrew Hess of Aurora, CO.

Georg will be cremated, with a memorial service to follow at a later time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Jackson Community Counseling Center, in support of Mountain House and suicide prevention. With federal funding resources over recent years, this is even more important now than it ever was before.


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