It's a sad day when you recieve emails like this.....Ryan Hawks was a product of the east coast, the type of skier who "going for it" came naturally, a kid from a skiing family in Burlington Vermont who will be missed and departed way to early. When good skiers ski bad lines the results leave us all sad. He joins a long line of skiers that risked it all and paid the ultimate price!
His dad is an outback ski guide at Sugarbush Vermont, a man who teaches safety and mountain awareness. This loss reaches deep into the ski community and touches the void. We see so much amazing footage these days and the "free ride" tour is going to have to really think about what it is doing and promoting. This isn't the first loss but lets hope its the last in competition!
As my friend says, "They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.
Ryan Hawks, freeskier from South Burlington, dies after crash on back flip attempt
Copyright ©2011, Burlington Free Press
Professional freeskier Ryan Hawks, a graduate of
South Burlington High School, died this morning
from injuries sustained in a crash at the Subaru
Freeskiing World Tour North American
Championships at Kirkwood, Calif., on Sunday.
He was 25 years old.
Hawks, who was also a former University of
Vermont student, had spent the last several
years living in Utah.
In Sunday’s competition, he crashed upon landing
a backflip off a 40-foot cliff on Kirkwood’s
Cirque. He was flown by helicopter for treatment
to Renown Health Center in Reno.
Hawks’ death was confirmed by Dan Davis,
spokesperson for Renown Health. According to a
report from ESPN, the cause of death has yet to
be determined, pending an examination by Reno’
s Washoe County Medical Examiner.
A sponsored pro skier, Hawks was a member of
the Tecnica/Blizzard Freeride Team and of Green
Mountain Freeride, the latter with fellow
Vermont native and current Freeskiing World
Tour men’s points leader Lars Chickering-Ayers.
Hawks grew up skiing Sugarbush and Mad River
Glen, and moved to Vail, Colo., with Sugarbush
Diamond Dogs teammate Stephan Demers in
order to pursue a pro career after high school.
"Ryan was my best friend for the last 10 years,
someone who always brought out the best in
everyone around him," Demers said in an
interview with the Burlington Free Press. "He
loved skiing, and it showed; he could look at a
70-foot cliff and not only see how to ski it well,
but how to have fun doing it. Watching him ski
was just amazing."
Hawks was a 2004 graduate of South Burlington,
where he served as a captain on the boys
lacrosse team as a senior under then-first-year
coach Jim Shields.
"Ryan was the most top-notch kid I ever
coached," Shields said on Tuesday. "He pushed
himself as hard as he could in every situation,
and really made the most of his abilities. He was
just an amazing person."
Hawks’ crash marked the second fatal accident
on the Freeskiing World Tour. In 2008, 27-year-
old John Nicoletta of Aspen, Colo., died from
injuries sustained in a crash during a competition
at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska