In Memoriam: JP Auclair

Oct 1, 2014 at 19:58
by Scott Secco  



IN MEMORIAM: JP AUCLAIR



I met Jean-Philippe Auclair last summer while interning for Sherpas Cinema. For those that don't know, JP was a ski icon: part of the New Canadian Air Force, he revolutionized freestyle skiing in the late 1990's and helped introduce twin tip skis to the sport. His video segments in the annual Poor Boyz and Sherpas Cinema movies were something ski fans everywhere looked forward to. On Monday September 29th, JP, Andreas Fransson, and Liz Daley passed away while riding in Chile.



JP came to the Sherpas' office to edit his night segment for Into the Mind (he edited his own segment from All.I.Can. too) and spent the whole summer chipping away on what would become another beautiful example of his talent as an athlete and filmmaker. One of my favourite traditions from that summer was our afternoon ride: almost every day the crew would take a break from the computer and ride a 20 minute loop on our bikes. It ended up becoming a bit of a race and JP would consistently smash out fast times.

The last time I saw JP was at the Whistler premiere of Into the Mind. I introduced him to my friend Jonas and, JP, quoting a study he read which said that hugging someone for longer than 20 seconds creates an emotional bond between people, hugged him for 30 seconds and made yet another person feel as if they'd just made a new best friend. JP was a badass skier, a visionary filmmaker, and most importantly an immensely kind person. I feel lucky to have got to know him a little bit and I wish I could go on one more bike ride with him. Thanks for the inspiration JP.

Respect the mountains and hug your loved ones.


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110 Comments

  • + 209
 This guy was a true legend he will be missed
  • + 64
 S.I.P....
  • + 20
 Shred in peace bro
  • + 39
 Legend is often overused, but in this case, it fits the man perfectly... RIP
  • + 17
 Rest in powder!
  • + 6
 Thanks for posting up something about him and lets also honor the other legend that was lost alongside JP, ski mountaineer Andreas Fransson. Also for people's enjoyment, one of JP's best seggys, from Propaganda. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci1wht_LRp0

Rest in peace, brothas, it wont be the same...
  • + 27
 Don't forget that Andreas Fransson who died together with JP Auclair!

R.I.P ANDREAS FRANSSON & JP AUCLAIR!
  • + 11
 and Liz Daley R.I.P
  • + 2
 Do anybody know how it is with Daniel Rönnbäck? heard he was with them for the photos?
  • + 2
 ^ He's fine. I'm pretty sure they were on another face/peak setting up when this happened.
  • + 119
 Thank you pinkbike for posting this even though it's ski related. JP was such an inspiration for me and many others. The man did so so much for the sport. He will be greatly missed! SIP and God be with his friends and family.
  • + 4
 For sure, thanks for putting this together Scott.
  • + 46
 To one of the fore-father of freeskiing. Shred in peace JP.
  • + 28
 And as a father. His first child is only 2 months old.
  • + 4
 .... Frown
  • + 1
 SIP, Bro, you died living your dream, something most of us will never do. to the writer, great job bitching about bitching, apparently you had Rampage muted.
  • + 21
 Anyone that wishes to contribute to avalanche safety in canada www.avalanche.ca/caf
  • + 18
 This video has been and always will be one of the most inspirational sports videos for me. All you need is passion, and few could demonstrate that like JP. Good ride man, good ride.
  • + 8
 the part of the video where the dog barks (minute 2 i think) it is truly spot on, not only the skier is awesome, you can tell there is a very talented team behind the camera.
  • + 14
 Legends never die. Had to have another look at one of the greatest ski parts of all time, and pour one out for JP, Andreas, and Liz. Have fun shreddin it with McConkey up there. RIP.
  • + 12
 RIP

However,..."not bitching about the announcers"...I feel this is not the appropriate time/venue for this comment. Yes we are all grateful that the RB riders are OK, but the announcers sucking has nothing to do with these skiers' unfortunate accident and death. I feel bringing this up as a tangential topic in this piece is in poor taste...as if we should feel guilt as a tag-along emotion to sadness.
  • + 3
 Couldn't agree more. Thanks for pointing it out.
  • + 2
 Nailed it. I felt exactly the same way.
  • + 8
 Love that segment! Trail, Rossland and Nelson - West Kootenay represent!
JP I can't even imagine how many folks you've inspired over the years! The New Canadian Airforce - with JF, Mike D, Vincent, Philou, the 3 Phils, Shane, saved me from snowboarding and pretty much lead me to where I'm at today! Thanks JP, count me among the legion of indebted and inspired!

Just to clear up a few details, JP and Andreas passed away in a separate avalanche from Liz Daley, though on the same day!
RIP JP, Andreas and Liz.

www.outsideonline.com/news-from-the-field/Liz-Daley-Dead-in-Avalanche.html

www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/jp-auclair-quebec-extreme-skier-killed-in-avalanche-1.2783133
  • + 8
 Well said on JP, and I'm sure this was much harder for someone that knew him personally.

Andreas might have been the best skier in Chamonix, which might have made him the best in the world. He certainly didn't receive the press associated with it, but I don't think he cared. That said, he was one of the most thoughtful and insightful people around and had a unique philosophy on life, death and the unique experience that mountains can give us. His blog is definitely worth a read. andreasfransson.se/inner-adventures

"So what are we going to do with the gems of truth we find among the ice, rock and snow on the mountains? What are we going to do with the small satoris we experience on our everyday adventures? What can we do?

What can we do if not just enjoy them and share them with our friends? From one point of view they are only childish escapistic and romantic games we play. From the other end of the scale they are the very reason we are alive, the great meaning to life.

So what’s next in line? What are the worthy adventures to follow to their ends? And what is really the end – can we ever get there – to the end?

For me, the next thing in line is to try to normalize a life not normal. I don’t mean that I need to normalize it to someone else’s standards, but I need to do it for my self. I need to find a platform on where I can live, love and grow in harmony with my self, my family and friends. I have met death, and I have come back and I have also met life and come back from that. Where can I take these extremes on the scale (as we know it) and find coherence? Where can I out of this coherence still get the depth in a life built of opposites?"
  • + 5
 ...continued While I didn't know Liz, I'd seen some of the adventures she took over the years and she was a badass splitboard mountaineer who always had a smile on her face. Her death is probably being overlooked a bit bc the absolute legends that also went two days ago The mountain community lost three great people yesterday and I'll certainly miss the respective stoke they provided in their own way. Sometimes we get caught up in too much bullshit and when a small thing messes up our rides it spoils our day. This weekend I'll be sure to spend an extra minute or two enjoying the moment and take it all in, because any day out in the woods or on the mountain is a blessing.
  • + 11
 Damn this was my favorite skiing segment of all time, you will be missed.
  • + 9
 Well done Scott! Great tribute to a amazing dude. Wish could have met him. RIP JP!
  • + 4
 Such an unfortunate loss to our sport(s). I always thought it would be badass for a bike film to re-create this segment in All.I.Can. I'm thinking Cam McCaul. This song has been on my ipod when I ride ever since I saw this segment over a year ago. Shred in peace.... time to go for a ride.........
  • + 3
 Thank you all for what you've done in your amazing lives. You won't be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the families. As heavy as these past few days have been none of them would want us to wallow in sorrow, but rather get after life with even more passion than before.
  • + 3
 I have been skiing for the better part of my life and JP's style and attitude towards skiing has always inspired me, they passed while doing something they love, there is no better way to go. He will be missed. SIP JP, Andreas Fransson, Liz Faley.
  • + 4
 I saw this edit when I was like ten, and have been trying to find it again ever since. Not exactly the place I expected to find it, but still a fitting tribute. Truly inspirational. Mad respect for this guy!
  • + 5
 The movie came out in 2011, are you really only 14?
  • + 1
 Close, 17. Felt like a lot longer ago that, but I'm apparently suck at judging time..
  • + 5
 that had to be one of if not the most awesome and creative line I have ever seen... Just gapping everything thats in his way.. so damn talented.
  • + 3
 Definitely a bad ass visionary that will be sorely missed...growing up in Canada and being close to the same age I remember the New Canadian Air Force and me and many of my friends looked up to these guys as heros...I think it is worth us all taking a moment of reflection to remember just how precious this time that we have is...
  • + 2
 From the New Canadian Airforce, 1080 Project, founding Armada, mountaineering in Chamonix, and ripping everything in between. What a career, not many skiers have ever had the diversity, talent and longevity. He did so much, the guy was a huge inspiration for me. One of the greatest to ever grace our sport, he will be missed.
  • + 1
 Well said.
  • + 4
 I just got chills. Saw this at my school for the Banff world tour two years ago and it made a huge impression on me. We all have to ride a little harder for them all now. SIP
  • + 4
 No matter how I'm feeling, watching his segment from all I can made me so happy and just motivated to get out there, you were such an inspiration to me, Rest in peace JP.
  • + 5
 So sad. I grew up on Warren Miller and he and the rest of the Canadian crew revolutionized skiing. What an inspiration. RIP
  • + 3
 Well said! Forever in our hearts and minds. RIP JP, Andreas and Liz, Godspeed, peace be with you and deepest empathies to your families and friends.
  • + 1
 What an incredible person. I recall seeing JP's talent as a skier when I was 16 years old. He has totally inspired me since. He rewrote freestyle skiing, along with a few others. I wish I could have met him in person and had one of those 30 second hugs.
  • + 1
 we will always miss you...
You were one of the best ambassadors for this sport: love for nature and the whole planet Earth, ultimate skills and warm heart. to say the least....
However you will be with us on every single ride, every single pillow we bust!
SIP JP!


by the way, you are the reason why I bought first twin-tip skis, I never regretted that!
  • + 3
 The changes JP instigated in skiing just cannot be fathomed. The sport became something different, something better in large part due to him. RIP.
  • + 2
 Sorry to hear of the passing of another great skier. The video of him skiing the neighborhood inspired me to have more fun whether on snow, dirt, or the pavement in between. Even more so now...
  • + 3
 Met JP at freshtival last year and he was an all around gem. Sad to see a legend go but comforting to know he went doing his passion. RIP
  • + 1
 This season it's been very weird here in Chile, a lot of snow came up really late and (pretty much at the end of the season), and the mix with sunlight I guess made it unpredictable... he came here to finish this life and begin his next one. Much respect to his family and friends.
  • + 2
 RIP JP, There will be some Cinzano rosso shooters getting slammed tonight! One of the nicest pro skiers I met over the years in whistler just a good guy and a sick skier who loved life . Cheers JP
  • + 3
 Shred In Peace JP. He was such an inspiration. Lets remember the good that he brought to the sport and progress it as much as possible in his name along with Andreas
  • + 4
 RIP to one of my biggest models ever. Can't wait to finally meet you on the other side. You will be missed JP, you will.
  • + 4
 Scott, thanks for the great tribute. True words well said. Rest in peace JP.
  • + 4
 We lost a true hero. I'll celebrate his legacy and quietly thank him every time I step into my ski boots this winter.
  • + 4
 How can I feel so torn up for someone I have never met...? Huge loss. Prayers and thoughts for his loved ones. SIP JP
  • + 6
 Rip jp
  • + 4
 The guy who changed my view on skiing and exploration, he will be missed, RIPJP
  • + 3
 Rest in peace JP, Andreas Fransson and Liz Daley. And very well put words, Scott.
  • + 4
 SIP JP! One of the OGs of free skiing is gone....
  • + 4
 SIP to a legend of skiing, you'll be dearly missed!
  • + 4
 Such a huge influence on the sport. Shred in peace JP.
  • + 1
 His segment with Tom Wallisch in into the mind is probably my favorite urban segment ever. Shred in peace Jp. You are a legend that will always be missed, but never forgotten.
  • + 1
 What I don't understand is that, in the Quebec City area where JP comes from and I currently live, people very seldom talked about him. I guess he had more of a reputation online and elsewhere around the world. RIP.
  • + 3
 This ski vid has been my favorite since the first time I saw it. Such a shame to loose such a talented man. Rest In Peace
  • + 1
 JP was a good man, my heart goes out to his family. Next time we're out on a full moon ski, we'll be toasting a Macallan 16 in your honour, JP style. My condolences to Andreas and Liz as well.
  • + 2
 I'm in shock. I was just watching this film last night thinking this street section was easily the best part of the film. RIP JP
  • + 4
 Ski in peace JP, This seasons for you!
  • + 2
 One of the greatest segments of all time. Shred in peace; JP, Liz, and Andreas. You will all be remembered and missed dearly.
  • + 3
 RIP JP Auclair u are a true ski legend
  • + 2
 Great skier. The world will not be the same without your incredible talent. R.I.P
  • + 4
 crushed.
  • + 3
 May JP auclairs legacy live on #goodvides #Ripjp
  • + 4
 SIP JP
  • + 3
 SIP. water air snow dirt, thank you PB for posting.
  • + 3
 SIP. Global Storming was my favorite ski flick with JP
  • + 3
 A true legend, will be missed greatly.
  • + 2
 Ride in Peace JP. You have influenced my riding so much and I am incredibly sad to see you go. Gone but not forgotten.
  • + 3
 Wow. I remember watching that street edit, and it got me back into skiing.
  • + 2
 this guy was a true hero, an inspiration to freestyle skiing all over the world.... he will be sourly missed RIP
  • + 4
 And Andreas and Liz
  • + 3
 RIP JP, Andreas Fransson, and Liz Daley

…shine on….
  • + 3
 Passed doing what he loved.
  • + 3
 He's the man no doubt, so sad to see him go.
  • + 2
 Pinkbike, thanks for posting this. JP, Andreas, and Liz, rest in peace. You were all greatly inspiring and true ambassadors.
  • + 2
 Let's all celebrate his life and dedicate all the fun of our next ride to his legacy of awesomeness.
  • + 3
 Great tribute to an inspiration. Sad day for all
  • + 4
 Such a sick edit
  • + 2
 SIP JP. Thank you Pinkbike for recognizing the passing of a great from another sport. This is a great piece for a great man
  • + 1
 Such a great athlet, so creative, an artist mind!!! He left his soul in the mountain!
  • + 1
 I will be shredding my JJ's (skis) extra hard this winter now. Thanks for the inspiration JP! S.I.P.
  • + 2
 Another great leaves this earth too soon. Loved his part in All I Can!
  • + 2
 ...RIP... jp tu étais et sera tjs une légende du freeski.
  • + 2
 RIP he will be always one of the bests.... so sad news.
  • + 2
 rest in peace JP legends never die
  • + 1
 He has haunting eyes. Not a particularly religious person, but I hope all three are getting sideways up top right now. RIP.
  • + 1
 OH Cauldiss!!!!!.......S-T!!........SHAY-PEEEEEEEEEEEE..................S.I.P
  • + 1
 Heard about this while in the water Tuesday at Newport. We let a few waves go by so jp could shred em! My respects.
  • + 2
 He was true inspiration to me. His memory will live on.
  • + 2
 JP, Andreas and Liz RIP you always will be remembered !
  • + 1
 Skis for sale: only been used once...
  • + 1
 I enjoyed that most bike edits...
  • + 1
 Fucking fuck. I'm still in shock. This one's for you JP.
  • + 1
 RIP now he's shredding the mountains in the sky, He will be missed
  • + 2
 RIP
  • + 2
 SIP JP
  • + 2
 Rest in powder
  • + 1
 Rest in peace my friend.
  • + 1
 Shred in peace
  • + 1
 RIP!
  • + 1
 So sad
  • + 1
 RIP

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