An online fundraiser created for the family of a skier who died on Tuesday after falling into a deep crevasse while skiing near Pemberton has raised more than $121,000 in just 24 hours.
And while the name of the deceased has not been officially released by authorities, friends and family have identified him as BC-based professional skier, Dave Treadway.
According to the GoFundMe page, Treadway leaves behind two young kids and a wife who is pregnant with their third. The couple had also just bought a house in Golden, BC.
“Dave’s immediate family…will inevitably face the realities of living without their breadwinner,” the page reads. “Dave had a huge impact on many people and if you wanted to donate to support Dave’s wife and children in their future life, all money raised here will go to them.”
Treadway was skiing near Rhododendron Mountain when he fell into the crevasse.
According to Pemberton District Search & Rescue (PSAR) manager David MacKenzie, the rescue was a “very technical operation” for the team, as he had fallen about 30 metres.
A second team from Whistler SAR was dispatched to provide assistance to the Pemberton team.
PSAR responded with a medical and extraction team, “but unfortunately the 38-year-old male succumbed to his injuries,” said MacKenzie.
On the Go Fund Me page, Treadway is described as “a passionate individual whose achievements in the mountains were only outweighed by his desire to show others the love of God. He did this by serving as a youth leader in his community and by leading as a professional skiing role model.”
The money raised “will never replace Dave, but it might provide for opportunities that he would have surely made happen for the family he loved. “