Billy Poole wrote in his Myspace blog:
"It isn't about me; it's about you, her, him. It's about the mountains, the blue skies. It's about living without regrets; without fear and hate. It's about living, loving, and dying but never thinking about it."
Billy had no idea his life would end, tragically, at 28, Jan. 22. His friends would say at least he died "doing what he loved." Oh so cliché and so sad. Billy didn't think about dying and I'm sure it wasn't on his list of things to do. On his MySpace page profile, the line where it says "children," he wrote "someday." Now, not ever.
Details are sketchy on what happened that day in Wolverine Cirque in Big Cottonwood Canyon, but it appears he was scouting a line to huck for a Warren Miller film sequence. Jeremy Nobis, who would ski just before Billy, told Billy he never would clear the 30+ feet of rock below if he skied the line Billy intended. Billy adjusted his line and took off. But something happened and he wound up closer to his original line. Jenn Berg and the film crew waited below, but neither saw nor heard Billy.
They rushed to where he was after minutes. Jamie Pierre got there first. Billy was conscious and murmuring, "I'm hurt bad; it's bad." Pierre told Powder Magazine.
Billy knew his name and phone number. Those there say it took nearly 45 minutes for Life Flight to arrive. Billy died at University Hospital.
Alta, Billy's friends, sponsors, and the ski industry mourn his loss. The Vail-turned- Alta skier was "the first guy to jump over the telephone wires at Cardiff Pass," according to the Black Diamond Equipment Web site. If you're ready to get choked up, log onto
. BTW, Poole is the first person to ever die on camera during a Miller shoot.
It will be up to Poole's family whether the footage shot earlier in the week will be included in next year's ski flick. A memorial video and reception were held at the Goldminer's Daughter in Alta Jan. 24.