Freeskier's family feels love

Generous British Columbians have teamed up to help support the family of B.C. freeskier Dave Treadway.

Treadway was killed, April 15, when he fell into a crevasse in the mountains of Pemberton. A statement on Treadway's website says the "incredible skier and monumental human" died April 15 in an accident near Rhododendron Mountain, not far from his Pemberton-area home.

A GoFundMe page set up to help Treadways pregnant wife and two children has already raised  $165,586.

The post on the site says, "Treadway was a passionate individual whose achievements in the mountains were only outweighed by his desire to show others the love of God." Treadway was a youth leader in his community and a professional skiing role model.

Treadway and his wife Tessa had very recently committed to buying a house in Golden BC.

The post says, "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. We place no expectations on the donation amounts; give a little or give a lot. The money will never replace Dave, but it might provide for opportunities that he would have surely made happen for the family he loved."

Colorado-based Ski Journal Magazine editor Mike Rogge says Treadway, who was sponsored by companies including Rossignol and GoPro, had the ability to "find air," on the flattest of runs, but was also known for his emphasis on safety, his love of family and his firm belief in God.

Treadway is survived by his two young sons and his wife, Tessa, who is pregnant with the couple's third child.

-with files from Canadian Press

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