A tribute to Kip and Allison
June 29, 2011
BRIDGEPORT, Calif. andamp;#8212; On Saturday, June 11, more than 90 people came together to celebrate and remember Kip Garre and Allison Kreutzen at the Greencreek Chuteout. This was one of their favorite events of the year as it introduced many people to the beauty and magic of eastern Sierra skiing.The weekend provided an opportunity for folks to reflect on the passing of dear friends, to experience a new adventure and to heal together as a community. The entire weekend andamp;#8212; camping at Bridgeport, skiing and celebrating life andamp;#8212; was a fitting representation of the type of adventures that Kip and Allison lived for. Simple human connections, made in person, shared experience and appreciation of one of the most beautiful places in the world … and incredible skiing of course.After a fun barbecue/bonfire on Friday, we got an early start to begin our adventure. The tour included a climb up to Dunderberg, a north facing chute, continued across the flats and ended by skiing almost 3,000 feet down to Green Creek in very fun spring conditions. It was quite a sight to see more than 90 people, which from far away looked like ants on a ridge hiking and skiing this classic tour.The ceremony on top of Dunderberg was moving and emotional: brief words, spreading of ashes, a shotgun salute and toast (cold PBR) to honor our friends. Reflective moods transformed to smiles fueled by stoke. It was incredibly cool to see so many people enjoying the great conditions and incredible feeling of being connected.After the tour, the crew gathered for a bonfire back at the campground. The mood was festive and incredibly fun. Mother Nature provided a spectacular light show in the waning hours of the evening and the crew continued the celebration well into the night.Kip and Allison’s energy was contagious and impacted many people. This was a fitting tribute to two very special people. Their energy will continue to live through each one of us.