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