It is with great remorse and sadness we report Jamie Pierre was killed by an avalanche in Utah earlier today.
The legendary skier, cliff hucker and notoriously wild spirited Pierre was taken over a cliff in an avalanche triggered while riding with a friend at Snowbird Mountain Resort in Utah.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Pierre triggered the avalanche while snowboarding with a friend near the South Chute area around 3:15 pm Sunday afternoon. The area they were riding would have technically been considered within the bounds of the resort had it been open. While his friend was unharmed, Pierre’s injuries from his fall proved fatal and was dead by the time officials arrived on the scene.
The mountains around Snowbird, Utah have been getting pounded with snow this season and have accumulated 14 inches of fresh snowfall in the past 48 hours alone. The mountain is not officially open yet, which means there hasn’t been any avalanche control done on the resort slopes. Between early season conditions and the recent accumulation, the resulting snowpack became extremely dangerous.
Prior to the avalanche that claimed Jamie’s life, there were 4 other avalanches reported throughout the Snowbird ski area, with one individual suffering an injured leg.
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 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.
We all lost a unique part of the backcountry free ski family.
To celebrate his life, lets watch Jamie do a little bit what he loved and did best — huck it!