Canadian freestyle skier JP Auclair dies in avalanche

jp-auclair.Photograph by Chris O'Connell

JP Auclair, 1977 – 2014. Photograph by Chris O’Connell

Last year, we posted a fabulous video that captured some urban freestyle street skiing made by legendary skier Jean-Phillipe Auclair and Dave Mossop of Whistler’s Sherpas Cinema.

Sadly, JP Auclair died this week in an avalanche in the mountains of Patagonia in Chile. He was 37. National Geographic’s Carl Andreas Fransson, originally from Sweden, was also found dead. Two others survived.

Here is the video that Auclair and Mossop made in the industrial town of Trail, British Columbia, and Nelson, B.C. They shot it without a crew and didn’t take out any permits, but it caught the public imagination like no other ski film:Last week, Auclair posted this video on Facebook, saying he was thinking about skiing “dreamy spines”:The Bella Coola is a remote area in the interior of British Columbia. The video shows how dangerous making these ski films can be.


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