Remembering Freeski Pioneer CR Johnson

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 7, 2013 6:00 am

One of freeskiing’s pioneers, CR Charles Russell Johnson lll has stamped a significant impact on those he has left behind. Family, friends and fans have come together to create a film that shares the incredible and inspirational life of CR. Presented by the High Fives foundation, Poor Boyz Productions,TGR, Inspired Media, Level 1, and 4FRNT, the world premier of the 20-minute film, “CRJ-The Chronicle of a Freeskiing Icon”, will be premiered on September 14 in CR’s stomping grounds of Squaw Valley to benefit the High Fives Foundation and the CR Johnson Healing Center.

4FRNT Skis Founder and close friend, Matt Sterbenz reminisced, “CR was not only a team rider and ski shaper; he was also an owner and one who I personally looked to for inspiration in my life.”

This free event allows access to all ages and will begin at 7:30pm at Squaw Valley’s KT Base Bar. Lawn chairs, wareclothing and blankets are recommended. In memory of CR, the Bigtruck Brand will be hosting a sew-on-site hat tent with limited edition CRJ patches made from CR’s old outerwear. After the World Premiere, Squaw Valley’s Plaza Bar will host a free after party at 9 p.m. with music by The Silver Boombox Thief and DJ Treez.

CR Charles Russell Johnson lll

CR Charles Russell Johnson lll | Photo: CRJ-The Chronicle of a Freeskiing Icon

As a passionate athlete, CR’s talent in freeskiing was recognized by many at an early age at his home stomping grounds at Squaw Valley by the age of 17. Charles Russell Johnson III pursued all aspects of skiing including the Slopestyle and Superpipe Winter X Games events. CR was featured on many elite ski film production companies and returned to his passion of freeskiing as a professional after a life altering and career threatening head injury in 2005. Despite the multiple injuries, Johnson continued skiing for the pure love of being in the snow. Tragedy struck the ski community after the death of CR Johnson in a skiing accident at Squaw Valley on February 24, 2010.
Let the legend of CR live on.