Freeskier C.R. Johnson Passes Away

Very sad news out of Squaw Valley today: Long-time pro freeskier C.R. Johnson, a Squaw local, passed away from injuries sustained from a cliff jump. We don't have many details at the moment, but we'll report back when we do.
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C.R. Johnson

We don't have many details from today's accident, but we do know that Tahoe-based pro freeskier C.R. Johnson—an accomplished X Games and U.S. Open competitor who starred in many ski films—died today during a crash off the Light Towers at Squaw Valley. Sincere condolences to his friends and family. C.R. was a talented skier who had a large impact on the ski community for many years. He was 26 years old.

In 2005, C.R. sustained a severe head injury after colliding with another skier while filming at Brighton, Utah. He was in a coma for over a week and in a Utah hospital for over a month, but he made a speedy and complete recovery and was back on skis the following winter.

Here’s a clip of C.R. from Matchstick Productions’ Seven Sunny Days. He will be missed.


“Healing is a matter of time, but sometimes also a matter of opportunity." -Dan MillmanAs I sit here thumbing through a book that C.R. once recommended to me, I flip to this quote. I feel like he could have said these words himself. The words have truth to them, a truth that C.R. instilled in me on more than one occasion. He was with me when I got hurt last season and I don't think I could have been with anyone better. He reminded me that life is good and cheered me right up as he sang along to his mediocre guitar tune and made up a song about my knee. He made me laugh often. Being in his presence, I had to stay positive. He had overcome career-ending injuries before and surpassed all expectations by coming back with vengeance and even landing a third place finish at this year’s Redbull Linecatchers event.To make a donation in C.R's name, go to

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Freeskier C.R. Johnson, an X Games competitor and pioneer in introducing park-and-pipe skills to the backcountry, died recently at Squaw Valley. We asked his longtime friend and fellow Squaw local Michelle Parker, also a pro freeskier, to write a tribute to C.R. Here's what she wrote. And some photos to celebrate his life.

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