Like everyone else, I am terribly saddened by the death of Sarah Burke. Though I had seen her over the years at various competitions, I had the chance to meet and ski with her at Momentum in 2007, up on the Blackcomb Glacier. She was a wonderful, inspiring, kick-ass Canadian who was much more than a skier or competitor, but a visionary, a world-class athlete, and—if I may say so—a newschool feminist who brought women into the world’s eye as park & pipe competitors. She not only competed at the highest level in all aspects of the freeskiing sport, she created the space for women to do so in today’s modern environment. And she rode hard, every day, as a skier, all over the mountain and backcountry.
Andrew Mitchell has written some elegant words for Sarah over at the Pique. Like Andrew, my experience is similar, seeing Sarah compete since the early freeskiing days. We will all miss her. Thanks to Zac for this lovely video, which is a touching tribute. Ski In Peace, Sarah.