About The Bryce Astle Foundation
The Bryce Astle Foundation Story
On January 5, 2015, Bryce Astle and fellow teammate Ronnie Berlack were killed in an avalanche in Soelden, Austria. On November 21, 2015, during the 2016 U.S. Ski Team naming ceremony in Colorado, Astle was honored and named posthumously to the 2016 U.S. Ski Team.
At the time of his death, Astle had been invited to the U.S. Ski Team’s Development Team after becoming the 2014 U.S. national giant slalom junior champion, and quickly demonstrated his future place as a full U.S. Ski Team member by being the top North American junior technical (SL, GS) skier on the NorAm Circuit with six podiums out of eight races. Astle achieved every goal he had ever set for himself. The only goals that had not been reached yet were because he ran out of time.
On January 5, 2015, Bryce and Ronnie Berlack stood at the top of an ungroomed slope which was open and not roped off. It was located between Pistes 1 and 30, within the boundaries of Soelden ski resort. The athletes saw fresh ski tracks in the powder. The slope below them had received substantial snow accumulation, plus wind loading, the night before, but had not been controlled for avalanche mitigation. The athletes were unaware that a level “three” regional avalanche warning, which means “considerable risk” was posted that day for the Soelden area.
As they were skiing down the slope, a massive snow slide surprised the athletes and engulfed Ronnie and Bryce. Their four teammates narrowly escaped.
- Percentage towards facility 76%
- Marketing 12%
- Civic Support 12%
- American Pride 100%
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Mail: 2947 Mount Jordan Rd, Sandy, UT 84092
Phone: Laura Astle 801-209-8956
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Board Members and Leadership
FounderLaura is Bryce’s mom. She grew up in Southern California and accepted a swimming scholarship at University Nevada Reno, where she also learned to love skiing at Mount Rose. While working for Pan American World Airways, she traveled extensively. She moved to Utah in 1997 with her husband Jamie and their boys Jason, Bryce and Chris for a change of pace from the California lifestyle. Upon moving to Utah, she’s continued to work as a Real Estate Agent and enjoys skiing in her free time. Laura is currently a real estate agent for Sotheby’s International Realty. She dearly misses her son Bryce and is working on the foundation to make sure her son is remembered and to make changes in avalanche and snow safety awareness.
FounderBryce’s dad and number one fan. My life for the last 25 years has revolved around our family — we are an integral part of each other’s lives. Like many others, my life revolves around my kids, to me nothing else really matters. In 1997, Laura and I moved our family to Utah to raise our children in an outdoor atmosphere that provided access to endless fun and adventure, skiing, hunting, fishing, etc. My involvement with the Bryce Astle Foundation and BRASS is to ensure that proper safety education policies and procedures are established and implemented by USSA. What happened to our family is crushing and I want to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else.
Board MemberA two-time Olympian whose business career includes positions at K2 and Volkl Skis, DealerWire and DealerTrack, and most recently U.S. Ski & Snowboard partner Global Rescue LLC, joined the USSA as chief operating officer (COO) in 2013 and became CEO in March 2014. Tiger made the U.S. Ski Team a few years before the 1984 Olympic Winter Games in Sarajevo. He participated in his second Olympics in Calgary in 1988. During his athletic career, he won nine U.S. Championship titles, regularly finished in the top 10 at World Cups and held top-15 world rankings in two disciplines. Since his racing retirement in 1991, Shaw has been involved with the grassroots level of skiing, serving as head junior coach and on the board of Ford Sayre Ski Club in Hanover, NH. A 1985 graduate of Dartmouth College in economics and engineering, he was an NCAA slalom champion while racing for Dartmouth. After completing his education, Shaw entered the ski industry, working as promotions and product manager for K2 Skis and vice president of operations at Volkl Sport America before pursuing opportunities in the evolving automotive industry. After five years managing Miller Automotive Group in northern New England, he co-founded DealerWire, a software and service provider for car dealership management later acquired by Dealertrack, Inc. In 2011, he left the automotive industry for the position of Senior Director of Response Services at Global Rescue, a worldwide provider of integrated medical, security, intelligence and crisis response services to corporations, governments and individuals.
Board MemberA former competitive ski racer; Steve, competed for over 20 years including skiing for the Snowbird Alpine Ski Team in the 70’s. Steve went on to become an NCAA All American at the University of Utah, compete internationally as a member of the United States Ski Team, and race professionally as a member of the Raichle Molitor Pro Team. He founded Bounous International in 1984 which operated ski adventures and racing camps to New Zealand, Europe, and North America.
Steve has directed and coached the Snowbird Sports Education Foundation since 1989. Steve is a Level 500 Certified Coach and was awarded the Intermountain Coach of the Year. Steve served as the Intermountain Alpine Competition Committee Chairmen from 2008-2010, and a voting member of the IMD ACC since 1990.
Heather B. Walker
Board MemberA ski coach with Snowbird Sports Education Foundation since 1999. Winner of numerous races at the Junior Olympics National Races. Heather was named to the Rolex National Junior Alpine Ski Team. Winner of Intermountain Cup Overall Title two years in a row, qualified for the US Nationals and the US Alpine Regional Development Team.
Heather was the first female from the state of Utah, to receive a ski scholarship to the University of Utah (11 NCAA championships). She has spent the last 14 years in healthcare and 8 years as a Regional Director of Rehabilitation. She is currently developing a startup company in the Solar and renewable energy industry. In her spare time she volunteers as a committee member with The Children’s Center and last summer they raised over a 1/2 million at a large gala event.
Committee Member- Fund RaisingJory is a lifelong skier and educator. He competed was an All-American at Dartmouth where he was also captain of the ski team. In addition to his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth, Jory holds advanced degrees in Education from both Columbia and Brown. He was at the Holderness School for 20 years, where he served as a teacher, a ski coach, the Director of Snow Sports, and Assistant Head and then spent one year as Acting Head of School.
Event Planning and MediaSuzanne has spent 30 years in marketing and advertising with The Orange County Register and ReachLocal in Southern California. She has an extensive background in developing sales, and marketing strategies with digital and print products. She attended UNLV and University of Nevada at Reno and majored in Communication. She moved to Utah in 2016 and became very involved in helping with the fundraising and promotional efforts of the Bryce Astle Foundation
We can’t put to words how proud we are of Bryce and the person that he had become. The truly amazing thing about Bryce was that he was so secure in himself that he wanted everyone to win and he was more than willing to help them improve themselves mentally and physically. We wanted Bryce to go to college prior to going onto the World Cup, but we had coaches and others tell us “you don’t understand, Bryce is the one” he doesn’t need to go to college. You work your whole career to get a kid like that, he’s it”. In the spirit of Bryce we want these facilities to produce many, many more of those “he or she is the one” type of people.
Jamie and Laura Astle