Video Tribute to Sarah Burke (1982-2012)

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 21, 2012 1:23 am


In Memoriam, Sarah Burke (1982-2012)

On the morning of January 19th, 2012, the world lost a great leader in action sports. Champion skier, the lovely Sarah Burke, passed away after a fatal crash in the halfpipe doing what she loved most — training on her skis. As a beloved figure in the ski industry and influential leader for women athletes worldwide, we dedicate this tribute to the amazing woman that is dearly missed, and will never be forgotten.

Sarah’s passing on Tuesday lit up the world in disbelief and prayer. The face of this shining star has erupted global media outlets and television screens, and mentioned on millions of social media posts, as the entire world mourns the loss of a truly wonderful person. Her staring segment in documentary film, Winter, reached more than half a million YouTube hits moments after news broke. Video footage of her skiing superpipes is being featured on BBC and countless news outlets worldwide, helping to share her story and hopefully aid in the struggle to cover medical bills as a result of the tragedy.

Her 45,000+ Facebook fans have adorned her wall with heartfelt farewell messages, stories of her inspiration, and even tribute videos made by her fans. The responses indicate the range of her influence across the globe, and the sorrow we now share as a result of her passing.

Professional skiers and industry producers only have the best to say about her kind heart and courageous spirit:

Sarah was the most influential female skier ever, and one of the kindest people I’ve ever know,” stated professional skier, Cody Townsend.

Johnny DeCesare, filmmaker and founder of Poor Boyz Production, described Sarah as “the best freestyle skier of all time.”

No one will ever replace that smile,” commented Peter Olenick, professional skier and fellow X Games gold medalist.

She’s always looked out for me,” professional skier and daredevil, Mike Wilson, told The Ski Channel in a recent interview, only weeks before Sarah’s accident. 

Jen Hudak, professional skier and Sarah’s fellow competitor, reports that “every turn I make from now on will be for her.”

The documentary film, Winter, has been premiering nationwide in Sarah’s name, resulting in huge turnouts and extremely supportive fans. The recent benefit premiere on January 19th in Boulder, Colorado, donated ticket funds to Ignite Adaptive Sports.


The professional freeskiing star passed through Los Angeles for the ESPY Awards, accompanied by husband Rory Bushfield when Sarah was nominated for Best Female Action Sports Athlete of the Year. The newly-wed couple invited us into their lives in an interview with details about what its like to be at the forefront of action sports, and a beautiful story about letting eachother live their dreams.

“If you are a female skier skiing slopestyle halfpipe… you can thank her,” Rory politely comments in the in the film documentary, during the making of Winter.

“It’s what our lives are — being on the hill,” Sarah explained to The Ski Channel. “There’s a reason for that: it’s where we play, where we live, and where we’ll die.”

“Her accomplishments on skis continue to inspire girls everywhere to believe in themselves and follow their hearts. Her passing is not a cause to pack up our skis, but rather a reason to step in and ski for the dreams that she inspired” (


If you would like to pay tribute to Sarah and honor her memory, donations may be made in her name at: