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Skier dies in Warren Miller shoot

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Jan. 23, 2008 at 1:25 pm with No Comments »
January 23, 2008 1:25 pm

A reader e-mailed a few weeks ago to ask if a skier or snowboarder had ever died in the filming of a Warren Miller movie. Indeed, a skier had died in the early 1990s.

Sadly another skier died in a Warren Miller shoot Tuesday in Utah.

The story from the Associated Press is below:

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An extreme skier died Tuesday from injuries he sustained after jumping off a cliff for a scene in a documentary film.

Billy Poole was flown by helicopter from the backcountry of Big Cottonwood Canyon to University of Utah Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:30 p.m., hospital spokeswoman Vickie King said.

The 28-year-old Poole was sponsored by Salt Lake City-based Black Diamond Equipment Ltd., maker of ski and climbing gear. Chief executive Peter Metcalf described him as a rising star among big-mountain skiers.

“His stature was increasing. He was inspiring, outgoing, friendly, the perfect ambassador for a company like Black Diamond,” Metcalf said. “He lived the life of big mountain skier on just enough money to support his habit.

“In this sport,” the executive said, “death is part of life.”

Poole cartwheeled through some rocks after jumping off a cliff in an area known as Wolverine Cirque, said Penn Newhard, a Black Diamond marketing consultant.

He was being filmed by crews for ski documentarian Warren Miller, said Jay Burke, a spokesman for Solitude ski area. Ski patrollers at Solitude were the first to reach Poole after the fall.

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