(Last Updated On: February 20, 2012)
After a great day skiing powder up here in Alaska, it was with great sadness that I learned my friend Jim Jack passed away in an avalanche outside Steven’s Pass, WA, along with two others. This ESPN article has the best info right now. I first met Jim Jack over 10 years ago at the Kirkwood comp. Jim Jack’s smooth style impressed me almost as much as his smiling demeanor. The guy truly loved to ski. One of my most memorable days of the last 10 years was a day with pretty average conditions at Red Mountain. It was the afternoon after that comp, and a handful of us just started ripping around on the terrain accessed from the Red lift. After the stress of a competition, there was something innately carefree and enjoyable about those runs- in no small part due to Jim Jack. I’ll miss you buddy.