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Pro Snowboarder Aaron Robinson Dies In Chile



Snowboarding News | Saturday July 23, 2011 | Shared By: Editor

Aaron Robinson, a 24-year-old American professional snowboarder who
collected his second North Face Masters Tour title earlier this year,
lost his life in a fall while riding powder at Santa Teresita, a popular
back-country area adjacent to the Santa Teresita in Chile, on Tuesday, July 19.

Reportedly, the young snowboarder was snowboarding in the technically
out-of-bound area, which is only accessible through one of the lift at
the base of the El Colorado resort, when he fell and hit his head on
exposed rocks. The force with which the American
pro snowboarder hit his head on the rocks was what reportedly claimed
his life, though no further detail of the incident is yet available.

It was Arnau Fernandez, the marketing manager Valle Nevado, Chile,
who confirmed Robinson’s death and gave the minor details of the way in
which it occurred. He further confirmed that there was no avalanche at
the time of the accident, completely ruling
out the possibility of the mentioned hazard contributing to the
snowboarder’s death.

Less than 12 hours before he lost his life to the tragic accident,
Robinson had shared a video on his Facebook page of a group of
snowboarders riding powder at El Colorado. Being a passionate off-piste
skier himself, he headed off to the location to ride
the backcountry snow, unaware of the fact that death awaited his

The 24-year-old from Whitefish, Montana, had earned a lot of respect
within the snowboarding community because of his friendly personality
and backcountry-riding prowess. He was always ready to join others for a
session of powder-riding, something that had
become one of his biggest passions over the years.

During the big-mountain competitions, Robinson, or A-Rob as he was
referred to during the North Face Masters Tour, wore a smile on his face
that hardly ever faded.

Colin Wiseman, editor of Frequency: The Snowboarder’s Journal,
remembered Robinson as, “One of the most talented young snowboarders on
the planet. His confident, relaxed style in all terrain was a joy to
watch. His outgoing, positive attitude was unsurpassed.
I had the good fortune of spending a fair bit of time on the road with
him, and he brought energy and stoke that inspired the crew around him
to make the most of each and every day, no matter the circumstances. I'm
really going to miss him.”

Robinson now joins the likes of Josh Malay, Tristan Picot and Craig
Kelly, among other snowboarding stars that have departed from the world,
doing what they loved doing the most: snowboarding.


Aaron Robinson Memorial Lap


On July 19 the snowboarding world lost a great man when Aaron Robinson passed away in Chile. This rocked the snowboarding community the hardest in Government Camp, OR where Aaron's brother Jason and friends were devastated by the news. On July 22 both Windells and HCSC banded together at the top of Palmer Snowfield at Timberline and celebrated Aaron's life with a heartfelt speech by Brandon Cocard followed by what many say was the biggest group of snowboarders (100+) to ever do a top to bottom run down Palmer at the same time in his remembrance. It was an amazing moment to celebrate an amazing person. RIP Aaron Robinson.

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