Professional skier Dave Treadway, 34, reportedly fell to his death while skiing in the Pemberton backcountry on April 15.
The Pemberton District Search and Rescue (PSAR) team responded to a call Tuesday about a backcountry skier who had fallen into a 90-foot crevasse near Rhododendron Mountain and was unresponsive. When PSAR was able to extract the victim, he had apparently succumbed to injuries sustained in the fall.
Treadway was skiing the backcountry with a group, and though officials did not immediately confirm the identity of the recovered victim, it was his friends who identified Treadway.
A statement published on April 16 on Treadway’s website also confirms that the “incredible skier and monumental human has passed away.” The site announced that a GoFundMe page had been established to support Treadway’s expecting wife, Tessa Treadway, and their two sons, Kasper and Raffi.
Treadway was a big name in the skiing world, known for his multiple appearances in ski films over the years showcasing his aggressive skiing style, his ability to conquer big lines, and his experience and know-how in the mountains. More recently, Treadway dedicated himself to his family, including them in his mountain adventures and forming their “freerange.family” as portrayed on Instagram.
In his 2014 ski film “Malibu Fable”, Treadway admitted that while big mountains and adventure have a magical hold on him, he always felt a forceful pull to be back on safe ground with his family.