Kevin Pearce, a former professional snowboarder who was nearly paralyzed in a horrific crash in 2009, rode for the first time since the crash yesterday at  Breckenridge. Pearce, who was training for the 2010 Winter Olympics, hit his head on the side of the halfpipe during a practice run.

From the impact, Pearce sustained tramatic head trauma that caused fluid to build up around his brain. Yesterday as Pearce rode the lift for the first time in 23 months, he reflected on the past two years filled with doctors, therepy and eye appointments. He also noted that before his accident he took snowboarding and the mountains for granted.

After strapping into his board, Pearce rode down to the base of Peak 8 where he was met by friends, fans and fellow riders who cheered him on.

From all of us at OnTheSnow—congratualations for riding again, Kevin. We can't wait to see you out there.

For more insight from Kevin check out this video here: