This past weekend, in a tragic accident on Mt. Hood in Oregon, we lost a beloved member of our snow family, Collin Backowski. Collin was working on Mt. Hood this summer as a coach at High Cascade Snowboard Camp but was on an "in-between" (time between camp sessions) at the time of the accident. Colin was on the glacier Saturday with 5 others when an ice tunnel collapsed, trapping him, officials told the Associated Press. The others in the party worked to free Collin but were unable to break through the thick ice and snow. Rescue responders recovered Collin's body Sunday morning. He had been buried beneath 8 to 10 feet of snow and ice, according to AP. The ice tunnel is on the White River Glacier, which begins about 6,000 feet up the south side of Mt. Hood.
Collin was a bright, inspirational soul whose positive approach to life brought joy to everyone around him. Though Collin worked hard to accomplish his personal goals in snowboarding he was also a passionate teacher - a patient, brotherly and eager friend who was always glad to share his excitement. Collin had an adventurous Colorado spirit; his unconditional love for snowboarding and relentless pursuit of his dreams will always live on and continue to inspire.
In this time of mourning, Collin's family has asked that his friends share their memories and stories of Collin with them through either Collin's Facebook or the Never Summer Facebook page. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Collin's family and friends.
Ride in Peace, Collin!