Canadian professional freeskier Dave Treadway, 34, dies after falling about 100 feet into a crevasse while skiing with friends in British Columbia
- Canadian pro freeskier Dave Treadway has died in a back-country accident in British Columbia at age 34 after reportedly falling about 100 feet into a crevasse
- Treadway’s website said he died Monday near Rhododendron Mountain, near his Pemberton-area home. Local search-and-rescue crews confirmed the statement
- Treadway is survived by his pregnant wife Tessa and two young sons
- As many as 14 Search and Rescue volunteers helped recover Treadway’s body, which was reportedly made more difficult by icy conditions
- Despite the ice on the ground, conditions were clear at the time of the accident
Canadian professional freeskier Dave Treadway has died in a back-country accident north of Whistler, British Columbia at age 34 after reportedly falling about 100 feet into a crevasse.
A statement on Treadway’s website said he died Monday near Rhododendron Mountain, not far from his Pemberton-area home. Pemberton Search and Rescue confirmed it responded Monday after learning that a skier was down.
Treadway is survived by wife Tessa and two young sons. Tessa also is pregnant with the couple’s third child.
Canadian professional freeskier Dave Treadway has died in a back-country accident north of Whistler, British Columbia at age 34 after reportedly falling about 100 feet into a crevasse
Dave Treadway (left) is survived by his pregnant wife Tessa (right) and two young sons
‘Dave Treadway, an incredible skier and a monumental human, has passed away after an accident near Rhododendron Mountain, Pemberton,’ read the statement on his website. ‘He fell in a crevasse on a glacier and died from the trauma. (Some outlets are reporting that he died in an avalanche, which isn’t true).
‘We are sending lots of love to his wife, Tessa, and their three sons, Kasper, Raffi, and a new baby (due in July).’
Skier and filmmaker Mike Douglas reacted to the news on Instagram: ‘Moments after I took this photo I received a call – the kind you don’t want to get. We’d lost another brother to the mountains.
‘Too many. I hate this! Why?! It didn’t make sense the first, 4th or 10th time I’ve had this call, and it doesn’t make sense now. All I know is the world just lost an incredible human being and a wonderful family is suffering unthinkable grief. All my love to the Treadway family. You will be deeply missed, Dave.’
Treadway is believed to have fallen about 100 feet into a crevasse (not pictured)
David MacKenzie of Pemberton Search and Rescue said his team had just finished rescuing an injured snowmobiler when they learned that a skier had fallen into a crevasse.
As many as 14 Search and Rescue volunteers helped recover Treadway’s body, which was made more difficult by icy conditions, MacKenzie told the Vancouver Sun.
MacKenzie believes Treadway was skiing over an ice bridge.
‘They can ski over that, it collapses, and down they go,’ he said.
Despite the ice, conditions were clear and sunny in the area on Monday.
According to the Sun, Treadway previously had to retrieve the body of his friend and skiing companion Jack Hannan, who died in an avalanche on Mount Currie nine years earlier.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to support Treadway’s widow and their three children.
‘Dave’s immediate family, including his wife and his 3 children (ages 6, 2 and unborn) will inevitably face the realities of living without their bread winner,’ read the GoFundMe page. ‘Dave and Tessa had very recently committed to buying a house in Golden, [British Columbia].
‘Dave had a huge impact on many people and if you wanted to donate to support Dave’s wife and children in their future life all money raised here will go to them. We place no expectations on the donation amounts; give a little or give a lot. The money will never replace Dave, but it might provide for opportunities that he would have surely made happen for the family he loved.’
A GoFundMe page has been set up to support Treadway’s widow and their three children