The Squaw Valley Institute is deeply and profoundly saddened by the tragic loss of Erik Roner. Erik was an inspiration in every regard, as an athlete, a father, a friend, a philanthropist, and community member. Erik was a part of our SVI family, and we are forever grateful for his generosity, his spirit, and the legacy of inspiration he has given us. Erik will be sincerely missed, our hearts and deepest sympathies are with the Roner family and friends at this difficult time. If you’d like to help support the Roner family please make a donation via Road 2 Recovery. http://www.road2recovery.com/cause-…/erik-roner-fallen-hero/
Erik Roner has been a prolific figure in the wider action sports community, leaves behind two amazing children and a lovely, loving wife. Erik begun his career as a professional skier starring in many Teton Gravity Research films over the course of a decade. In addition to many films, Roner achieved the top 10 of Powder Magazine’s Reader Poll on multiple occasions. As his skiing career progressed, Erik began mixing his skydiving experience he’d begun to accrue since the turn of the millennium to add first descent ski BASE jumps to his list of exploits. At Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Erik was the first to ski BASE jump off iconic Cody Peak, as featured in the TGR film, Anomaly. His creative ski BASE segments earned him the honor to join the Nitro Circus family with Travis Pastrana. Roner performed countless inspiring stunts around the world for both TV and live audiences, even base jumping into a sold-out stadium of 23,000 fans in South Africa. One of Erik’s favorite quotes was from another icon who lived on the edge, Hunter S. Thompson: “Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.” via Teton Gravity Research.