Remembering Gerhard Gross, Respected Snowboarder Family Member + Much More | 1979 – 2018

 

This was a hard one. Gerhard was a dear friend since our Whistler days back in 2000 or so. He’s done a lot since then both for snowboarding and otherwise. One of the true intellectuals of the culture that helped more people in more ways than could ever be counted here. Love you G.

 

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If there were ever a stereotype that questioned our intellect as snowboarders, Gerhard Gross would defy it as soon as he spoke. A man that spent many winters between the backcountry and the media corral at snowboarding’s marquee events, providing the editorial voice for this publication, could easily have held his own in the most high-brow conversation at an alumni dinner for a prestigious school covered in vines. This exceptional intelligence was backed up by extraordinary talent on a snowboard. Given this rare combination of skill and acumen, it’s not surprising that Gerhard transitioned from riding professionally to writing professionally. Journalism is based on credibility, and Gerhard had it.

After making a name for himself in the British Columbia snowboard scene, he took his first full-time editorial gig with Snowboard Canada before assuming the managing editor role at TransWorld SNOWboarding. Here, Gerhard set a new precedent–one we strive to uphold today. Apparently that didn’t keep him busy enough, so he worked with Protect Our Winters on the side. This is what Gerhard did. He raised the bar. His presence alone pushed those around him to try a bit harder, to hike a few steps further, and to send it a little deeper.

 

 

Click to TWSNOW for their remembrance of Gerhard Gross

 

Click to SNOWBOARDER for their celebration of Gerhard Gross 

 

 

 

 

I love you Gerhard.

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Heartbroken. Here’s something we made in 2003. Rest easy Gerhard. 💔

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If there were ever a stereotype that questioned our intellect as snowboarders, Gerhard Gross would defy it as soon as he spoke. This exceptional intelligence was backed up by extraordinary talent on a snowboard. While at TransWorld SNOWboarding, Gerhard set a new precedent—one we strive to uphold today. This is what Gerhard did. He raised the bar. His presence alone pushed those around him to try a bit harder, to hike a few steps further, and to send it a little deeper. It’s been twenty months since we received the news that Gerhard had been diagnosed with cancer. With the incredible tenacity that he possessed, Gerhard battled every day since, as hard as he could. With great sadness, we must accept that Gerhard is no longer fighting that battle, and our most sincere condolences go to those closest to him. Gerhard, we apologize for any grammatical errors in this post, and we hope it’s deep wherever you are.

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