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Death by Skiing.

I love skiing.  Skiing and riding are inherantly risky.

2 men died on the mountain near Aspen yesterday.  One, a snowboarder, Gabriel Hilliard, 30 was impaled on a branch riding Canopy Cruiser at Aspen Highlands.  The other, Keith Ames, 43 was buried in an avalanche on Burnt Mountain in the Snowmass side country.  Condolences to their families and friends.

Then today, the news that the entire skiing world was dreading...Sarah Burke, 29 of Squamish B.C. succumbed to the injuries she suffered in training on January 10, 2012.  Sarah was a super star and a pioneer in Women's Super Pipe, a 4 -Time X-Games Gold Medalist.  She was one of the nicest and most professional skiers on the circuit.  Everybody loved her, because she was a sweetheart.   Our prayers go out to her husband Rory Bushfield and her family.  The entire mountain sports community mourns her passing.

Help defray some of Sarah's medical expenses; Click the photo above

While the 3 incidents are unrelated, they all occurred on the slopes.  Pushing the envelope on the mountain is fun and thrilling. Skiing and riding aggressively is part of the fun...I get it.  Too many skiers and snowboarders are dying on snow. Pro's and amateurs alike. Once in a while something goes wrong and a skier or rider doesn't come home.  It seems as if the stakes have been raised in the past couple years and that going BIG is getting.... to BIG.  In bounds or out of bounds.  Please take a moment to reflect on these tragedies and determine your own tolerance for risk...and then dial it back a notch or two.   Have the utmost respect for speed and big air and the snow conditions, because paying the ultimate price is just not worth it.


Ames and Hilliard will certainly be mourned.  Sarah Burke touched so many lives and inspired so many people.  She will be missed greatly.  The photos contained below are a small retrospective of Sarah's visits to Aspen and interactions with AspenSpin.

Red Carpet Shot. X Games 3D, the Movie.Sarah and her PVA Cup.

Sarah Burke: Photo Eric Lars Bakke / ESPN Images.Sarah with her dad Gord and pal Eric.Sarah with Sage and C.R. (R.I.P).With her ladies at the Fantasy Factory party for Summer X Games.Autograph sesh. in Aspen.

 Sarah and Dav.Sarah always made time for the media.Sarah was the best of the best. Wall of Fame.The Lady Rippers.Photo: Flip McCrickick /ESPN ImagesPhoto: Eric Lars Bakke / ESPN ImagesSarah ahd Vijay.Summer X with the skiers.

Rest in Peace Sarah Burke. She was the BEST.

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