Freeskier C.R. Johnson Passes Away

Very sad news out of Squaw Valley today: Long-time pro freeskier C.R. Johnson, a Squaw local, passed away from injuries sustained from a cliff jump. We don't have many details at the moment, but we'll report back when we do.
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Very sad news out of Squaw Valley today: Long-time pro freeskier C.R. Johnson, a Squaw local, passed away from injuries sustained from a cliff jump. We don't have many details at the moment, but we'll report back when we do.
C.R. Johnson

We don't have many details from today's accident, but we do know that Tahoe-based pro freeskier C.R. Johnson—an accomplished X Games and U.S. Open competitor who starred in many ski films—died today during a crash off the Light Towers at Squaw Valley. Sincere condolences to his friends and family. C.R. was a talented skier who had a large impact on the ski community for many years. He was 26 years old.

In 2005, C.R. sustained a severe head injury after colliding with another skier while filming at Brighton, Utah. He was in a coma for over a week and in a Utah hospital for over a month, but he made a speedy and complete recovery and was back on skis the following winter.

Here’s a clip of C.R. from Matchstick Productions’ Seven Sunny Days. He will be missed.