Professional skier Matthew Jamie Pierre died Sunday following an avalanche in a closed portion of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Utah, according to police.
Pierre, who has competed in cliff-jumping competitions and appeared in Warren Miller films, was found dead after an avalanche he apparently triggered swept him over a cliff in the South Chute area, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. He was snowboarding with a friend, who was unhurt.
The accident occurred within the boundaries of Snowbird, which are closed to backcountry skiers and riders once snow falls and before the lifts open. Little Cottonwood Canyon has had a number of early-season snow storms that have not been controlled by Snowbird's patrol.
Born in Minnesota, Pierre, 38, set a world record for cliff jumping in 2006 by dropping 245 feet at Grand Targhee Resort. He is survived by his wife and two children, according to published reports.