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Accident at Jackson Hole has me thinking how fragile life can be

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Some of you know that I spent time in Jackson. I left my $20 an hour job at 40 years old to go work at JHMR and live the dream. It is a common dream of many who partake of our sport. It might be Baker or Kicking Horse or Wolf Creek, but the dream is the same. Our JHMR family lost one of our own this week. A young girl from Oregon moves to Jackson for many of the same reasons I did. She worked in the same shop with many of the same people I hold dear. Only it worked out differently for her. An easy run down the mountain ended tragically before the dream could begin for her. I am thankful for the memories, the endless deep powder, the hangovers from trying to keep up with the 20 something's, the stunning beauty of the place and the bonds we all shared as friends. Although we never met, we are part of the same family. RIP Kelsey.

 

Article:  (http://bit.ly/1YxjbSz )

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Wow, that's terrible.  Condolences to friends and family. 

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From the article, "Ski within sight of their partners."

 

If it can be arranged, I prefer skiing in a group of 3.  It seems to work better leapfrogging ahead and better able to keep an eye on the others.

 

I've done some faceplants so deep into the snow that it was dark (not night-dark but deep-dark), but I never though about smothering in there.  Sure can happen, I guess.  So tragic.

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Some of you know that I spent time in Jackson. I left my $20 an hour job at 40 years old to go work at JHMR and live the dream. It is a common dream of many who partake of our sport. It might be Baker or Kicking Horse or Wolf Creek, but the dream is the same. Our JHMR family lost one of our own this week. A young girl from Oregon moves to Jackson for many of the same reasons I did. She worked in the same shop with many of the same people I hold dear. Only it worked out differently for her. An easy run down the mountain ended tragically before the dream could begin for her. I am thankful for the memories, the endless deep powder, the hangovers from trying to keep up with the 20 something's, the stunning beauty of the place and the bonds we all shared as friends. Although we never met, we are part of the same family. RIP Kelsey.

 

Article:  (http://bit.ly/1YxjbSz )

 

I wish I could give you a hundred thumbs up for this post, offpiste.  Kelsey is the second young woman to die on the mountain shortly after moving here this season.

 

When you think about how much both of these young women must have looked forward to their adventure in Jackson Hole, it's so sad.  And then when you think about what this Christmas time must be like for both of their families, it really breaks your heart.

 

Life is so strange.

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