MATTHEW JAMISON PIERRE
February 22, 1973- November 13, 2011
BEYOND BRAVE, beyond daring, Jamie Pierre was a professional free-skier. In 2006 he skied off a 255 foot cliff at Grand Targhee, Wyo. , plummeted head first, without a helmet, into the deep powder. He skied away with a cut lip from being struck by a shovel as his partners dug him out of the 12 foot hole.
On Sunday, November 13, 2011, on a more routine trip to Snowbird in Utah, an avalanche carried him over 800 feet over rocky terrain. He was partly buried and died of trauma. Jamie Pierre was 38 years old.
Go to YouTube to view the World Record Ski Jump. He also made appearances in Warren Miller films: Playground, and Children of Winter. Also, on the Ski Channel, "The Story of Jamie Pierre".
He had many concussions over the years but refused to wear a helmet. "If somethings so dangerous it requires a helmet", he said, "then maybe I shouldn't be doing it".
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