Friends, Family Remember Late Canadian Skier JP Auclair

Authorities have confirmed to have found a famous Canadian skier, Jean-Philippe (JP) Auclair, dead after an avalanche near the border between Chile and Argentina. Auclair is being remembered as a visionary who transformed the sport of skiing, he was hiking on Chile’s Monte San Lorenzo with a Swedish skier, Carl Andreas Fransson, when they were swept away by an avalanche. The two were in South America filming a new project.

Lillehammer Olympic gold medallist, Jean-Luc Brassard, mentioned on Wednesday that “JP was not only an amazing skier, but he also had the insight to bring skiing to a whole new level,” adding that “Jean Philippe was quite exceptional … he created an entire way of skiing.” Auclair belonged to Quebec City area and was an expert who helped Salomon launch the first mainstream twin tip ski in the late 1990s.

Later in 2002, he and fellow freeskier Tanner Hall founded Armada Skis, i.e. dedicated to making skis for terrain park features such as jumps and rails, as well as the deep powder in the backcountry. Now, almost every ski company in the world makes skis in that style. Brassard explained that “it’s like creating a small electric car out of your garage and all the Ferraris, Maseratis and Jaguars are now copying you.” Furthermore, Brassard added that Auclair was “a good guy” and “one of the finest humans you can find.” He alleged that “it was pretty sad news that shocked the entire ski community in the country and around the world.”

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