RIP Jamie we will miss you. Prayers for you family.
OMG this is truly sad news. I had heard there was a fatality along with some other slide incidents at Alta, but didn't know who it was. My thoughts go out to his friends & family.
Here is a picture from last season. A genuine soul skier. Jamie is on the right in the green hat:
RIP. Pretty tragic. He was one of the pro skier names that was instantly recognizable.
It is also very ironic that the slide was pretty much is what would be inbounds in a few days... Be safe out there.
I wasn't sure it was him, because the report that I read said it was a boarder who was killed. I assumed that it might be someone with a similar name.
245 Jesus Would Have Stuck It!
" While neither had any rescue gear or formal avalanche training,..... They continued to Snowbird via Baldy and accessed the Peruvian Cirque to gain the Gad Valley. Rescue reports indicated that they had likely triggered another slab avalanche prior to the victim triggering the fatal one."
I have a firm respect for nature and don't need an up close and personal example to know. No one can stand up to what nature can dish out in an instant.
It seems free will is a very strong power in some people. I didn't know of the man. Seems like he took things to the edge often and was highly skilled.
We have been loosing at least one well known skier a year. And that is a damn waste.
I saw a video recently of a skier that got caught in an slide with a helmet cam running. It wasn't staged and made you think. It's on youtube.
That's exactly what's been confusing me. It was on the radio yesterday morning, and every report seems to be talking about a snowboarder. Is this not the same guy? Did Jamie Pierre board, too?
Either way, my condolences to those who lost their lives that day, as well as a hearty salute to all patrollers this season.
Edit: The reports seem pretty certain who it was. I guess he just so happened to be boarding that day. What a tragic way to begin the season. :(
Man oh man, I just heard, news travels slow to Australia, when you're only following mainstream news.
This is so, so sad, and I am so, so sorry to hear about Jamie. Guys like him seem somehow invincible, makes it kind of hard to believe it's true.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
ski channel made a movie called "the story" which has a nice section on Jamie, you get to see him in the personality not jumping off the cliffs. Sad to lose anyone from the ski world, god speed.
This is truly awful. Horrible way to start the season.
I really find it hard to fathom that these guys would out there with no avy gear...and from what I can tell from pics/vids, probably no helmet.
No helmet is the norm for J.P. he did the world record cliff drop without a helmet.
It is truly sad. we will miss him.
I do not JP had God on his side.
Jamie wearing a helmet would be like your local resort replacing the old quintessential single chair with a high speed quad. It might make more sense, but it detracts from who the person/ resort is at the core.
I do not condone anyone not wearing a helmet, but truthfully, for the lines that Jamie Pierre did routinely, the helmet would not have made much difference. You screw up, you are in serious trouble, helmet or not. The guy was a ripping skier and we should not really pass judgment. I really feel bad for him, his wife and his kids. RIP.
That's great. But as a parent and someone who doesn't want to put my life in the hands of anyone, even God, I think it's pretty f-in stupid to not wear a helmet at this point in time. But hey, I also choose not smoke, so I make no judgement. But I also have a bit harder time being sympathetic for those who CHOOSE to make stupid decisions...and let's face it, not wearing a helmet qualifies.
However, I feel bad for JP and his family. What a horrible loss. I think this should be a lesson to all of us. No matter how big our balls are or how badass we are...God/Mother Nature is always more of a badass...always!