I ran into a few friends a couple nights ago at a local eatery/hangout on Snoqualmie Pass (the Aardvark Express) who all had just seen the latest stunt “some guy” pulled off in the Swiss Alps on the Eiger. They weren’t sure who the skier was (and I didn’t look it up, as this sport doesn’t do much for me as a spectator, because of the “High Risk” involved and loosing my all time favorite skier, Shane McConkey this way), but when I later caught the national news, I wasn’t surprised to learn it was JT Holmes. If you are wondering why I wasn’t surprised, that is because JT was one of Shane’s best friends and did his ski/wingsuit jump apx a minute prior to the tragic accident in the Dolomites during a Matchstick Productions shoot. JT didn’t actually see the tragic accident until watching it, ONE TIME ONLY, in the cameraman’s view finder. Love my ski family, even those whom I’ve never met… “Live to Ski Another Day!”
Below is the 60 Minutes segment of JT’s recent ski base jump
The vid below was the beautiful tribute to Shane McConkey, that had me in tears while watching it in a packed Seattle theater (it’s still hard for me to watch).