Good Bye CR

February 25th, 2010 Posted in day to day

Written by Jamie

It is with deep regret and tears in my eyes that I report that a member of our ski tribe has died.

CR Johnson lost his life yesterday on his home mountain, Squaw Valley USA. He is reported to have clipped a rock with his skis, which caused him to cartwheel and receive a fatal blow to his head, even though he was wearing a helmet.

The accident occurred on the Light Towers, a steep ridgeline between the Slot and Cornice 2 lift.  There was 12-14 inches of new snow reported. The zone is very steep at the top and has a lot of sharp rocks that can be easily hidden. CR has probrally skied that run several hundred times or more over his ski career.

Even sadder, CR was involved in a freak accident in 2005 that left him in a coma for 10 days. He fought back from total paralysysis to regain his skiing genius.

At age 15, he was the first skier to land a 1440 (4 revolutions). He died a skiing legend at age 26.

It should also be noted, he had the most positive outlook on life one could imagine, both before and after the accident.

It’s been a really tough year for our Tahoe family. Last March, Shane McConkey died while ski base jumping in the Alps.

It’s times like these that are the hardest when living abroad. I know the community back home is coming together.

Our hearts go out to his kind parents, Loraine and Russ Johnson.

photo by Mattias Fredriksson

  1. 4 Responses to “Good Bye CR”

  2. By changcho on Feb 26, 2010

    Wow, you guys knew him? His death was a big deal here in the Bay Area local news channels this week. My heart go out to his friends/family/parents.

  3. By Patagonia on Feb 27, 2010

    Yes changcho, CR was part of our ski community.

    He will be greatly mixed.

    Saludos, Jamie

  4. By Falcon on Feb 27, 2010

    Sorry for another tough loss for you and the Squaw community. I only spent one winter there but I know you guys were always tightknit. Skiing for me became much more difficult after an bad accident at Mammoth in 2003. I never got my nerve back and havent skiied much since. I wish you both saftey and health as you continue to live your ski dreams.


  5. By Patagonia on Feb 27, 2010

    Thanks for the kind words Falcon!

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