According to Pemberton District Search and Rescue (PDSR), famous pro skier Dave Treadway died after falling into a crevasse in the Pemberton/Whistler backcountry on Monday, April 15th, 2019.
Pique News reports that Dave was backcountry skiing near Rhododendron Mountain when he fell into a 100-foot-deep crevasse and that he was unresponsive. When rescue teams reached Dave, he was deceased.
“April 16, 2019: We’ve learned that Dave Treadway, an incredible skier and a monumental human, has passed away after an accident near Rhododendron Mountain, Pemberton. We are sending lots of love to his wife, Tessa, and their two sons, Kasper and Raffi.”
– A note from Dave’s website posted today
Dave Treadway was 34-years-old and from Canada.
Dave leaves behind a wife, a 5-year-old son, and 3 year-old-son.
Dave’s older brother Dan Treadway is also a famous pro skier out of Canada with over 54 magazine covers.
Head of PDSR David Mackenzie reports that Dave was with a group who was traveling through challenging terrain in warming conditions.
“It was just an unfortunate incident going through unknown terrain. There are crevasses all over the backcountry and in the glacial area. Various ones may have an ice bridge over them or something, and some of them can be sight unseen.”
– Head of PDSR David Mackenzie told Pique News
The rescue was a technical one, due to the terrain that the fall occurred in.
14 Search-and-Rescue team members participated in the rescue. They were from the Pemberton District Search and Rescue and the Whistler Search and Rescue.
“I would say the depth of the crevasse was paramount to the operation. Having to put in various ice anchors and protection and getting our team down into the crevasse to access the subject was one thing, and then being able to actually rig it back up so that they could be pulled back up to the surface was another.”
– David Mackenzie told Pique News
Dave was an impressive professional freeskier who had a very successful ski career. Dave had recently taken a step back from his ski career to focus on his family consisting of his wife and 2 small sons. Dave was deeply religious wearing a large cross sticker on his helmet in place of sponsors’ logos. Dave had diven deeply into family life and was clearly loving it according to the many videos and photos he’d published in recent years featuring his family and the adventures they’d been on.
Our thoughts are with Dave’s friends & family through this difficult time.
Response From The Ski Community:
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I love the mountains. I hate the mountains. Moments before I took this photo last night, I remember thinking how much I love this stuff – skiing powder, filming, watching the sunset from the top of a mountain, camping in the cold, & doing it all with a great group of friends. 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. Noooooo! 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. ❤️
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Life is so grand. Sometimes it takes the big hits to realize the small things dont matter; like without the ground what point is the latter?, It could be any of us, at any time…believe me, i've thought about how it could be mine on any given line; different scenarios play out in my head like an over scripted movie, waking me at night, sending me to the porch to smoke a doobie, I only know that to stay alive i must be alert, not only for me but for all the others it may hurt, I wait for the day to come, like this pit in my stomach is a regular occurrence, It's pretty fuked up but we can't live behind curtains, More so, we have to read the sword, and the battle, and attack with respect cuz you never know when it could be your neck, Ya, we play the game with calculated strategy, but the numbers…the numbers game it had to be…uncontrolled objective hazard is still half the capacity of catastrophe, And even after all the thought of how it could happen to me, theres a million ways the mountains can kill how none of us thought it would happen to be, We live by the sword, we die by the sword, like a death note we already wrote, its our destiny and somehow our only way to live happily, Like any addictive substance, its easily over fed, but for this its an internal mtn rat craving addrenaline, and the more his appetite for flight gets fed, the hungrier he gets, leading to more risk growing rapidly, It's a double edged sword, and we live on the front point if its edges, Without it we're already dead, with it we're fed…and that's the only way to justify it, Not everyone will understand and noone will know when life powers give us the upper hand but if we are together as one, then the only thing that take away that love and fun is the gun…the gun, the sword, the grenade…Whatever u wanna called it, it's life how the most high has it made, And as much as we hate that sword we live by, we wouldn't even wanna live if it wasnt there in the first place, Without good there's no bad and without bad there is no good…only in this perspective we can see positivity in everything life throws at us, So technically everything is a blessing…whether it's…[cont]⬇
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RIP Dave Treadway. You’re love for life, adventure and spirit will always be missed and the @freerange.family could not have asked for a better father. I count my self blessed for all of the trips we got to do over the years. It’s tough to make sense of us loosing you so I’ll have to default to trusting you’re faith in a high being and that you’re in a better place.