By all accounts, professional skier Bryce Newcomb was an absolute charger. He wasn’t afraid to chase his dreams. But tragedy struck in March. Newcomb, who was raised in the Sun Valley, Idaho-area but resided in Jackson Hole, was scoping lines above Cody Bowl outside the Wyoming resort when a cornice collapsed, sending him on a 1,000-foot fall.
His backcountry partners raced to get to him and when they found him, he was still breathing but unconscious, according to reports at the time. He never recovered from that fateful day, spending months in hospitals between Idaho Falls and Boise, Idaho after suffering catastrophic head trauma. “On Friday, June 15th after nearly a three-month battle, Bryce succumbed to injuries suffered on March 27th, 2018,” wrote the family on a GoFundMe page that raised more than $100,000 for his recovery. “Bryce fought hard to stay with us, but ultimately he decided that it was time for him to move on from this world and see what else is out there. Bryce’s family would like to thank each and every person that has reached out, donated or shown their love and support in any and every way over the last 3 months.”
Newcomb was being remembered on social media Monday as a gifted skier who lived without fear. He did promotional work for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and was also an ambassador for Atomic skis. His death hit both the Sun Valley and Jackson Hole communities hard. The family said on the GoFundMe page that a memorial service is planned for sometime next week in the Ketchum, Idaho area.