October 3, 2014
Steamboat Springs, CO
When we first received news that JP Auclair and Andreas Fransson were caught in an avalanche while climbing in Patagonia, we held out hope. We can now speak with certainty about one of the most difficult things to acknowledge - the loss of two incredible human beings. Our thoughts and prayers are with JP and Andreas’ families.
The loss of our co-founder, JP, is overwhelming for us. He had an incredible impact on everything he touched. JP pioneered and transcended skiing genres and left an indelible mark on the sport. He was a philanthropist, entrepreneur, director and filmmaker, photographer, designer, climber, skater, mountain biker, guide, X Games competitor, and one of the few non-Japanese citizens to be certified at Kendama. JP was our favorite person to be around; he was hilarious and he was kind. Above all, JP was a father and genuinely magnificent human.
Many people are asking what they can do to help. JP’s family would like to see donations directed to support Leo and Ingrid through the Auclair Fund or to support JP’s passion to make mountain communities better through Alpine Initiatives. You can also pay tribute to JP on the Armada website.
Today, tomorrow and always, JP’s legacy will live on. In Ingrid and their son Leo, in skiing, in Alpine Initiatives, in Armada, and in the countless lives that were made better because of him.
Love,The Alpine Initiatives Family
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