Greg Todds, a pro snowboarder who spent several years in Whistler before moving to the Trout Lake area near Revelstoke, was killed in a backcountry avalanche on Friday, Jan. 14.
Todds was with a group of riders who were building a jump for a video shoot, and went off to do a run on his own in the area. Whistler riders Shin Campos and Kale Stephens were in the group and saw the slide take place.
Todds was reportedly in a treed area when the slide occurred.
They rushed to the site, and located him within 10 minutes using their avalanche transceivers. He wasnt breathing, and may have sustained a serious head or neck injury after being slammed into a tree on the way down.
A heli-ski company that was located in the area flew the 33 year old to a hospital in Revelstoke, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Todds is remembered as an strong snowboarder and competitor when he lived at Lake Louise. When he moved to Whistler, Todds and Allan Clark collaborated to create the Superpipe, a bigger version of a conventional halfpipe with bigger walls and transitions that has become standard in competitions. Together they helped to organize the Superpipe Summer Snowboard Camp on Brohm Ridge outside of Squamish.
Hes also been featured in several snowboarding films over the years.
Most recently hes been involved with the promotion of the Noboard, a strapless snowboard designed for surfing in the powder. You can see some footage of Todds riding at www.noboard.ca.
Todds moved to the Trout Lake area about three years ago. He leaves behind two children, Ashton and Lily, their mothers Chantal and Lily, a brother, and his parents Frances Albers and Richard Todds from Montreal.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday in Revelstoke.