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Jackson Hole Community Honors the Life of Snowboarder and Builder Mike McKelvey

We are deeply saddened to report the passing of local snowboarder Mike McKelvey. Yesterday, McKelvey was caught in an avalanche on Togwotee Pass. He was caught in a slide after hitting a jump and was buried under 12 feet of snow. His partners were able to swiftly locate him, dig him out, and perform CPR, but McKelvey later passed away in Idaho Falls.

As an avid snowboarder, Mckelvey was deeply intertwined with the Jackson community. He was part of the JHMR Park and Pipe Crew, interned here at TGR, and even helped with the Natural Selection course design. Beyond all of that, he was a passionate person that lived his life to the fullest.

Former TGR editor and Internships lead Morgan Conway had this to say about Mike:

“Mike was incredibly talented. It was obvious how passionate he was for the mountains, but what made him so special is that he saw people. This shone through in his work. Through any creative lens he used, he told a story and made you feel connected. He was hardworking, happy, and always eager for the next project. He saw the footage in a unique and interesting way. I was impressed by his talent, and then even more so by his big heart.

It was cool to watch his skills grow in snowboarding or photography (after TGR). He was such a kind and caring person, I became one of his biggest cheerleaders. I think anyone who knew him felt the same way.”

My heart is broken for this young man’s mother and all who knew and loved him. Rest In Peace you beautiful soul.

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