Big mountain skier Jamie Pierre dies in Utah avalanche


Professional big mountain skier Jamie Pierre of Big Sky, Mont. was killed yesterday (Nov 13.) by an avalanche near Snowbird Resort in Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Pierre was snowboarding with a friend in the area, which has still yet to open for the season. No avalanche control work had been done in the area.

According to authorities, Pierre triggered a 16-inche deep, 200-foot wide slide that swept him over a rocky cliff near the area’s Gad Valley. Pierre was not buried by the slide.

Pierre, 39, has stared in many ski films and established a world record in 2006, when he jumped off a 255-foot cliff in Grand Targhee Resort.

The Utah Avalanche Forecast Center warned of dangerous conditions in the area throughout the week.

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