We'll miss you, Ryan

Ryan Hawks and the Green Mountain Freeride boys called their van a “ski chalet on wheels,” and nicknamed it The General. In that van, Ryan, along with brothers Lars and Silas Chickering Ayers drove around North America to the various stops on the Freeskiing World Tour. And everywhere Ryan (and The General) went, he left a lasting impression, thanks to his magnetic personality and his general passion for, as Ryan called it, the “van-ski-conservationist-rockstar lifestyle” he lived.

On March 1, Ryan passed away from injuries sustained during the Freeskiing World Tour stop at Kirkwood over the weekend. I was there at Kirkwood and watched Ryan throw the biggest backflip of the competition. And when I went to see him in the hospital on Monday night in Reno, of course his friends Lars and Silas were by his side.

Powder Magazine has a nice tribute gallery to Ryan.

Ryan, all of us here at Flylow and in the greater freeskiing community will miss you greatly. I know there is powder in heaven for you. Rest in peace. —Dan Abrams

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  • T-roy

    My wife, Rachel, and I met Ryan and the rest of the Flylow crew in Targhee last winter on our own “living-in-a-van, conservationist/rockstar” journey. They were the loosest, friendliest, most stoked skiers we met in any town or ski area. They welcomed us into their home, fed us, and hung passses around our necks and took us on a truly wild ride to the Targhee backcountry.
    While Lars and Ryan were jumping off massive cliffs and making sweet pow turns we looked on with huge grins and marvelled at the enormous future these guys all had in front of them.
    The spirit and camaraderie these guys stand for is the reason we hit the old road to ski in new places. To get just that brief chance to be in their presence ignited our passion for the rest of our long journey. And… gave us some great stories to tell on the way.
    Thanks for the memories, Ryan. You are missed