Friend and Heli-ski guide to many ~ dies in helicopter accident

Good friend and a gentleman with whom I am particularly connected

he dug my dumb ass out of an avalanche burial with Matt Wylie

on Red Mountain Pass

saved my life

Una gran salud y pisco para ti Greg

rŌbert

Harms on RMP, February 2005, crédito total rŌbert

L-R, Peter Shelton, Greg Harms, rŌbert, Matt Wylie on Red Mountain Pass. crédito total de la foto, Lisa Issenberg

Una Gran Salud Greg

Thanks for the heads up Jerry. 
Tragic and difficult. Like losing a family member. He was a good old bro.
Matt Wylie

Bloody hell!!!!!!
Sending you a huge hug mate.
I also class him as a good friend.

Bugger
We are in touch 

The Brit

Seems impossible Jerry. He seemed to live a charmed life. And now so sad with his new baby that made him so happy. So sad. 

Un abrazo Henry Purcell

Alex called me yesterday to tell me that Greg had died in a helicopter crash near the Knik Glacier. I tried to call you a couple of times yesterday. There is a piece today in the New York Times.

Stay well, my brother.

Paco/Don Frank

Hi Jerry,  yes, the ripple effect of this accident and tragic death; Greg and Chantel and baby live in our cabin on our property in Aspen.  So so sad.   

E. Boyles

Jerry,

Sad news to hear of this tragic heli accident and Greg Harms passing.  Bummer, as I know you were a longtime friend of his and that he/Wylie had saved you on RMP.

Denny Hogan

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5 Killed in Heli-Skiing Crash Near Alaska Glacier ~ NYT

A helicopter carrying a group of skiers crashed on Saturday near the Knik Glacier in Alaska, killing five people. 
A helicopter carrying a group of skiers crashed on Saturday near the Knik Glacier in Alaska, killing five people. Credit…Orjan F. Ellingvag/Corbis via Getty Images

By Neil Vigdor and Livia Albeck-Ripka

March 29, 2021

Five people, including the Czech Republic’s richest man, were killed on a heli-skiing excursion on Saturday when their chopper crashed near a glacier in Alaska, officials said.

Mr. Kellner, 56, was killed, along with another guest of the Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, Benjamin Larochaix, also of the Czech Republic; two of the lodge’s guides, Gregory Harms and Sean McMannany; and the helicopter’s pilot, Zach Russel, officials said.

One survivor was listed in serious but stable condition, according to the Alaska State Troopers, which said that the National Transportation Safety Board would conduct an investigation to determine what caused the crash. Emergency responders said they were notified at 10 p.m. on Saturday that the helicopter had not returned from an excursion and that debris from a crash had been observed near Knik Glacier.

The accident was the latest misadventure for an extreme sport with little margin for error that has become a magnet for thrill seekers. Flights to remote mountains, playgrounds of untouched powder, are known for their steep price tags and risk.

The lodge, which offers weekly packages of $15,000 per person for shared accommodations and heli-skiing charters, expressed its sorrow about the crash in a statement on Sunday night.

“This news is devastating to our staff, the community in which we operate and the families of the deceased,” the lodge said. “In 17 years of operations this is the first time we’ve had to face an event of this measure.”

A representative for the lodge, which is in Judd Lake, Alaska, said she did not know what caused the crash. Officials said the helicopter was operated by Soloy Helicopters in Wasilla, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The lodge confirmed that it had chartered the flight.

According to the lodge, Mr. Harms, 52, was a pioneering guide in the Alaskan heli-skiing community and operated his own excursion business, Third Edge Heli. Mr. McMannany, 38, had been a guide for more than 10 years and was an avalanche instructor, the lodge said.

Details about Mr. Larochaix, 50, and Mr. Russel, 33, the pilot, were not immediately available.

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Aspen ski pro Greg Harms dies in helicopter crash near Anchorage ~ The Aspen Times

Harms, 52, was one of five people who died on Saturday

News NEWS | 1d agoStaff and wire reports

Greg Harms
Courtesy Tordrillo Mountain Lodge

Greg Harms, a longtime ski pro at Aspen Mountain and world-renowned heli-ski guide, was one of five people who died Saturday in a helicopter accident near Anchorage. He was 52.

According to the Alaska State Patrol, the crash happened about 6:30 p.m. Saturday near the Knik Glacier in the Tordrillo Mountains, which is northwest of Anchorage. There were six people on the helicopter and one remains in the hospital, according to the state patrol report. Harms was the owner of Third Edge Heli.

The Aspen Skiing Co. sent out an email Sunday that said in part: “… all of us who experienced Greg’s incredible ability to inspire us and make every person he connected with feel valued and important. Together we will embrace our sadness and move forward as Greg would want us to.”

Harms was a pioneering heli-ski guide in Alaska and worked for many years at the Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, spokesperson Mary Ann Pruitt told The Associated Press.

“Greg was one of the most experienced guides in the business,” she said. He also founded a heli-ski company that led trips across the world.

The Alaska State Patrol said the Alaska Army National Guard and volunteers from the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group were able to recover the deceased from the helicopter crash site near Knik Glacier.

In addition to Harms, the others who died include: Czech Republic residents Petr Kellner, 56, and Benjamin Larochaix, 50; Girdwood, Alaska resident Sean McMannany, 38; and Anchorage resident Zach Russel, 33, who was the pilot.

According to the Associated Press, the survivor, identified as David Horvath, 48, of the Czech Republic, was listed in serious condition Monday, said Mike Canfield, a spokesman at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

The chartered helicopter, an Airbus AS350 B3, was “conducting heli-ski operations in an area of steep and remote terrain within the Chugach Mountains near Knik Glacier,” National Transportation Safety Board member Tom Chapman said Monday during a briefing with reporters.

Alaska State Patrol said the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.

Clint Johnson, the NTSB’s chief in the Alaska division, was also able to document the crash site with photos from the air “before the snowfall could obscure the site,” Chapman said.

Recovery of the wreckage is now the main focus for investigators, but that timing is uncertain given the terrain and forecast of additional snow.

According to a report from the Washington Post, Kellner was the richest man in the Czech Republic with a net worth over $17 billion, according to the Forbes 2020 list of the world’s richest people.

“This news is devastating to our staff, the community in which we operate and the families of the deceased,” Pruitt said in the statement. “In 17 years of operations this is the first time we’ve had to face an event of this measure.”

The lodge is about 60 miles northwest of Anchorage, on Judd Lake.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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