Longtime Tofino resident Jack Bauer, 63, died Saturday, Jan. 11 in a tragic skiing accident at Whistler Blackcomb.
"He and his partner were skiing along a path and he fell head-first into a tree well. His head was buried â€¦ they couldnâ€™t resuscitate him,â€ said his former partner, Shelley Renard of Tofino.
A news release says the mountain’s ski patrol, a paramedic and doctor responded to a tree well incident at about 11:15 a.m.
People tried reviving Bauer with CPR while he was being transported down the mountain, but he was pronounced dead at the Whistler Health Care Centre, the Times-Colonist reported.
Tree wells are holes or depressions that form around the base of a tree while snow builds up.
An avid surfer and a longtime owner of Tofino Charters for 30 years, Bauer developed a passion for skiing after moving to Vancouver three years ago, Renard said.
Bauer was well-known on the West Coast.
â€œJack and I came out in 1977. He already was a surfer at that time. From the time we were here in 1978 until he left in 2010, he was an avid surfer,â€ she said.
â€œHe certainly supported the sport for his son as well,â€ Renard said of Bauerâ€™s son Simon, a Tofino-based semi-pro surfer.
Bauer also leaves behind his son Nico Bauer of Tofino.
Following an autopsy report, a cremation in Vancouver is planned.
â€œHis sons will spread his ashes over his favourite surf break on the West Coast,â€ Renard said.