Remembering CR Johnson

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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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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Remembering Jamie Pierre

Professional skier Jamie Pierre died in an avalanche on Sunday. Known for his record-breaking cliff drops and fervent approach to skiing, faith, and life, he'll be greatly missed.

Not bad for a girl who spent two winters on the bench with a slew of injuries. I had a big impact crash and split my pancreas in half. It was a random, freak thing. I was in the hospital for two weeks and had pancreatic surgery. I didn’t ski for nine months. Right when I came back, I tore my ACL and meniscus and had to take another year off. I’ve also dislocated my shoulder. One day, I’d like to get into sports medicine. I can relate to a lot of athletes from having a lot of major injuries.

Kaya Turski

Sure, freeskier Kaya Turski, a 21-year-old from Montreal, Canada, has endured her share of injuries (including a split pancreas), but none of that matters now: In January, she earned her first X Games gold in women’s slopestyle. This weekend, she’s competing in Homecoming, an all-women park-and-pipe competition founded by pro skier Kristi Leskinen, at Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs ski area. We chatted with Kaya at her home in Mammoth, California.

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Five-Question Interview: Simon Dumont

Simon Dumont is a seven-time X-Games medalist known for his gravity defying amplitude in the halfpipe. Between last weekend’s Visa U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain and this weekend’s Dew Tour at Breckenridge we caught up with Simon to talk about injuries, the Olympics, and his clothing company Empire Attire.

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Shane McConkey

Ski pioneer Shane McConkey died in March 2009. Here are some photos to pay tribute to his life.

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2010 Jon Olsson Super Sessions

What happens when you put 21 of the world's best freeskiers and 12 top filmmakers together for a contest? The Jon Olsson Super Sessions happens, that's what. The annual competition wrapped up recently in Sweden. Here are the winning videos.