Ski Channel Star Dies in Utah Avalanche
Professional skier Jamie Pierre died while snowboarding at the Snowbird Ski Resort on Sunday.
Pro skier Jamie Pierre, star of numerous movies including the Ski Channel’s The Story, died in an avalanche while snowboarding at Utah’s Snowbird Ski Resort on Sunday.
The 38-year-old was snowbaording with a partner at the closed resort after a major storm when he triggered an avalanche.
"With the partner watching, the victim dropped into the slope, immediately triggering the slide,” the Utah Avalanche Center posted in a statement after speaking with Pierre’s friend, according to GrindTV.com. “He was carried hundreds of feet through steep rocky terrain and reportedly went over a small cliff band and came to a stop only partially buried.”
"The partner called for a rescue,” it continues. “Alerting both the Snowbird Ski Patrol and Wasatch Backcountry Rescue, who subsequently accessed and evacuated the victim."
With the resort closed and a recent snowstorm, the conditions on the slope were hazardous. The center had released a warning to skiers that the danger level was “considerable." The avalanche was just one of several recent slides in the area – one other skier had suffered a pelvis injury in another slide.
"Our deepest condolences go out to Jamie’s family and friends," Snowbird’s communications manager, Emily Moench, tells The Salt Lake Tribune. "He was a local legend, and he will be dearly missed by the community."
The Ski Channel issued the following statement on its website.
Jamie Pierre was near and dear to us here at The Ski Channel, we had the pleasure of getting to know Jamie through his part in our 2010 film, The Story. Not only did his performance in the film woo audiences around the country, but his 255 foot cliff huck on Freds Mountain at the back of Grand Targhee is a world record! Most importantly, Jamie is be best characterized as a loving, devoted father, a master athletic craftsman and sweet human being. The loss of Jamie Pierre is tragedy for his family, the ski community and the world.
Pierre is survived by his wife and two children.