Support for the friends and family of a popular professional skier has been pouring in after he died while backcountry skiing near Pemberton.
Dave Treadway was found unresponsive after falling down a 30-metre crevasse near the Rhododendron Mountain on Monday, according to Pemberton Search and Rescue. He’d been skiing with a group when the snow bridge he was crossing collapsed.
An online fundraiser is collecting donations to help support the 34-year-old’s pregnant wife and two sons, ages six and two. More than $100,000 has been raised in about 24 hours.
“Dave was a passionate individual whose achievements in the mountains were only outweighed by his desire to show others the love of God,” a post on the fundraiser said. “He did this by serving as a youth leader in his community and by leading as a professional skiing role model.”
The family also volunteered in the summer at RockRidge Canyon, a retreat in Princeton.
“Dave and Tessa spent several summers at RockRidge Canyon sharing crazy weeks of adventure with high school kids, training boat drivers, leading our college-age interns and inspiring young adults to face their fears and pursue Christ wholeheartedly,” a post on the organization’s Facebook page said.
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This past week, Raffi has finally become a daddy’s boy, and only wants to ski with daddy. I know it won’t last long before he’s back to “mommy, mommy!”, so I’ll take the carrying him to the slopes, the high fives, the smiles, and the stoke for sliding down snow with daddy. I love you my little 2 year old toddler 😘 . 📷 @beardofbeez . . @silverstarmtnresort @rossignol @reimafinland @reimanorthamerica
Recently, Treadway and his wife had purchased a home in Golden, B.C.