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Professional skier Dave Treadway killed in British Columbia

Professional skier Dave Treadway killed in British Columbia

Featured image taken from Dave Treadway on Facebook

Canadian professional skier Dave Treadway died after falling into a crevasse in Pemberton, British Columbia, Canada, yesterday, April 15, 2019, according to Pique News Magazine. He was 34. There are unconfirmed reports that he fell after a snow bridge he was crossing collapsed. The Canadian skier is survived by his pregnant wife, Tessa, and two sons, Kasper and Raffi.

According to Pique News, Pemberton District Search and Rescue (PSAR) responded to a backcountry skier that was unresponsive after falling 30 meters (~98 feet) down a crevasse near Rhododendron Mountain. Officials have not released his name, but it has been confirmed by friends via social media that it was Dave Treadway.

David Mckenzie, head of PSAR, told Pique that 14 members from both the Pemberton and Whistler rescue crews attended to retrieve Treadway, who had succumbed to his injuries on-scene.

“I would say the depth of the crevasse was paramount to the operation,” Mckenzie explained to the Whistler news outlet. “Having to put in various ice anchors and protection and getting our team down into the crevasse to access the subject was one thing, and then being able to actually rig it back up so that they could be pulled back up to the surface was another.”

After years of focus on his professional skiing career, Treadway had dedicated himself to his family in recent years, living on the road in an RV with them and signing off from personal social media in favor of the @freerange.family Instagram handle. There he would highlight the adventures he’d take with his two sons and wife. He had put out a series of videos featuring his five-year-old son, Kasper, quickly progressing as a young skier—even going heli-skiing and shredding on his snowmobile at the age of 3. Treadway would push these videos out via email to media members, where he would include in-depth family updates, the ups, and downs, of parenting and gush about his two sons.

On skis, Treadway was known for his prowess in big-mountain terrain, always skiing aggressively and not afraid to send it big, and was a staple in the pages of FREESKIER throughout the years. He, along with his two older brothers, Dan and Daryl, came up together as skiers in the Whistler area.

FREESKIER will report more as updates become available; we extend condolences to friends, family and all those touched by Treadway.

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Life is so grand. Sometimes it takes the big hits to realize the small things dont matter; like without the ground what point is the latter?, It could be any of us, at any time…believe me, i've thought about how it could be mine on any given line; different scenarios play out in my head like an over scripted movie, waking me at night, sending me to the porch to smoke a doobie, I only know that to stay alive i must be alert, not only for me but for all the others it may hurt, I wait for the day to come, like this pit in my stomach is a regular occurrence, It's pretty fuked up but we can't live behind curtains, More so, we have to read the sword, and the battle, and attack with respect cuz you never know when it could be your neck, Ya, we play the game with calculated strategy, but the numbers…the numbers game it had to be…uncontrolled objective hazard is still half the capacity of catastrophe, And even after all the thought of how it could happen to me, theres a million ways the mountains can kill how none of us thought it would happen to be, We live by the sword, we die by the sword, like a death note we already wrote, its our destiny and somehow our only way to live happily, Like any addictive substance, its easily over fed, but for this its an internal mtn rat craving addrenaline, and the more his appetite for flight gets fed, the hungrier he gets, leading to more risk growing rapidly, It's a double edged sword, and we live on the front point if its edges, Without it we're already dead, with it we're fed…and that's the only way to justify it, Not everyone will understand and noone will know when life powers give us the upper hand but if we are together as one, then the only thing that take away that love and fun is the gun…the gun, the sword, the grenade…Whatever u wanna called it, it's life how the most high has it made, And as much as we hate that sword we live by, we wouldn't even wanna live if it wasnt there in the first place, Without good there's no bad and without bad there is no good…only in this perspective we can see positivity in everything life throws at us, So technically everything is a blessing…whether it's…[cont]⬇

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