Loveland Pass Avalanche: 5 industry friends among the fallen
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Colorado snow industry friends in the tragic avalanche that occurred Saturday, killing 5 experienced snowboarders and skiers at Loveland Pass. Among our fallen friends were: Joe Timlin, Rocky Mountain High Backcountry Gathering event organizer and rep for YES, NOW and Jones; Chris Peters; Ryan Novack; Ian Lamphere co-owner of Gecko Climbing Skins; and Rick Gaukel an American Mountain Guides Association-certified instructor and Wilderness First Responder. All were in their 30s, knowledgeable in backcountry awareness and were participating in an event to raise money for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Jerome Boulay, sales manager for Venture Snowboards, is the sole survivor thanks to impressive rescue team efforts.
Many have reached out to SNOWBOARD Magazine and our staff. We appreciate the outreach and concern but we were not involved with, or participants of, this event.
Our condolences and thoughts are with the victims’ families during this sad time.
For further information, please see the following related articles:
X Games: http://xgames.espn.go.com/article/9196383/colorado-authorities-identify-5-riders-killed-loveland-pass-avalanche
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/288680287931635/?ref=ts&fref=ts