It is a morning filled with emotions for Stoneham Mountain Resort as well as JP Auclair’s friends and family. The professional skier, who perished two years ago in an avalanche while he was skiing in Chile, was honored today by the resort. Aware of his incredible journey and grateful for his legacy to future generations of skiers and snowboarders, Stoneham wanted to dedicate a trail to JP’s memory.
A permanent graffiti in the new trail
The trail known as “La Kamikaze”, situated in the expert sector of the mountain, has therefore been renamed “La JP Auclair”. On the trail, there is a boulder from where skiers jump when the snow is high, which was decorated with a permanent graffiti to celebrate the memory of JP. It was drawn by his close friend, Sébastien Larose, and executed by the muralists from Sautozieux. The yellowbird was originally drawn by JP himself for his girlfriend and used in one of his ski films.
“We wanted to do something unique and special in JP’s honor, something that would remind people of him. He left his mark on the ski industry worldwide, and we were always very proud that he called Stoneham his home resort,” says Daniel Rochon, the resort’s vice-president and general manager. This trail, one of the hardest glades of the mountain, was selected by Stoneham as well as JP’s family because it represents perfectly the skier he was.