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by Sam Bass
Last week, the charitable organization founded by the late freeskier JP Auclair announced an online auction to benefit Auclair’s young son Leo and partner Ingrid, as well as the organization’s ongoing philanthropic efforts. The auction is now live on the Alpine Initiatives website, where bidders can vie for such items as a poster-sized print of Auclair from the film All.I.Can by Sherpas Cinema as well as K2 skis from Seth Morrison and Eric Hjorleifson. Alpine Initiatives branded items—trucker hats, Buffs, kendamas, mugs, sticker packs, and patches—are also available for sale.
Revered by many as one of the most influential skiers of the sport’s modern era, Auclair was killed in an avalanche in Patagonia along with Swedish ski mountaineer Andreas Fransson last September.
Auclair founded Alpine Inititaves, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, in order to channel the creative energies of the skiing community toward worthy causes. As its website states, AI “provides inspiration and funding for the betterment of mountain communities.” Past projects have ranged from youth avalanche safety courses in Colorado to community-aid projects in Kenya and Madagascar.
In conjunction with the auction, Sherpas Cinema has produced the following JP Auclair tribute video, #WeLoveYouJP.