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With great sadness we honor the life and adventures of Jones Ambassador Guide Liz Daley. Liz was killed in an avalanche accident in Patagonia, Chile in September 2014.

Liz Daley could have been a rockstar in anything she pursued. Her love for the mountains was as raw and genuine as it gets so she chose to be a bad ass snowboarder and alpinist who gave back to her mountain community at every opportunity.

As a guide for American Alpine Institute she taught splitboard courses on Mt. Baker and helped guided climbers up Denali. She possessed an unflappably positive spirit and knew how to cherish the inevitable suffering of mountain life as much as the celebrations of success. She touched countless lives with her outrageous passion and her influence went beyond she even knew.

"Liz was a hero of mine because of what she did in the mountains and the attitude and spunk she did it with," said Jeremy Jones. "She spent as much time in serious mountains as anyone I know and was well on her way to becoming a world class mountain guide that just happened to be a female and a splitboarder. She was a true trailblazer on this front and was winning over the old guard of mountain men with hard work, knowledge and a McConkey-sized sense of humor."

Over the past few winters, Liz’ had found great success in the mountains. She was consistently riding steep. classic lines in the Cascades and the Alps and had been on an expedition to Alaska’s Tordrillo Range in April 2014. When she passed away she was on an expedition to Patagonia, Chile with the Eddie Bauer team.

With gracious thanks to the photographers she worked with, we are honored to present a gallery of shots from Liz’ recent adventures. Here’s Liz at her best, loving life to the fullest…

Liz had a powerful turn and was a pow fiend of the highest order. Here she found the goods in Washington, the state where she grew up and still called home. Photo - Adam Clark

Exposure was no issue for Liz. She thrived on the buzz of delicate high alpine ascents and gripper steep descents. It’s no wonder she called Chamonix her second home and visited every year. Photo - Jim Harris

Liz in Chamonix, 2013. Photo - Jim Harris

Always smiling, always joking, Liz pulled no punches with her positivity. She was a mountain girl and a social animal, a rare breed. Photo - Jim Harris

In April 2014 she took her first trip to Alaska. Here’s what she had to say about AK:

"Friends have been talking about Alaska for years. The land of perfect, stable, bootable snow that sticks to everything. Massive unridden spine walls, endless couloirs, huge alpine faces and large glaciers running from the sea to giant serac’d capped peaks. It snows at night and is bluebird in the morning. There are wild but friendly unicorns and rainbows atop every spine line. The climate heals any weak layers in the snowpack. It’s not that dark in the winter. Ok, the unicorn part may be a tall tale but everything else is absolute fact."

Liz went to Alaska with Caroline Gleich, Jay Beyer and JT Thompson. One sunny afternoon on the glacier, Liz and Caroline decided to film a music video. Here’s a selfie from the shoot.

Liz and Caroline, rockstars of the Tordrillos. Photo - Jay Beyer

But when it came time to shred, Liz was ready to get rowdy. Photo - Jay Beyer

Never a dull moment with Liz. Photo - Jay Beyer

Liz loved the thrill of a new line. Here she stands at the entrance of a couloir in the Italian Dolomites. Photo - Jim Harris

There she goes, tearing into another classic line - Adriana on Monte Cristallo, Italy. Photo (above/below) - Jim Harris

From all of us at Jones Snowboards, we feel blessed to have known Liz’ magnetic smile and to have helped her chase her dreams. She was a true inspiration and a stand out ambassador for backcountry snowboarding. Our hearts go out to her friends, family and all those who knew her.

Shred on Liz, shred on…

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3 October 2014
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