Remembering Snowboarder Josh Malay

Snowboarding has suffered a death in the family. Twenty-three-year-old upstart Josh Malay died early Sunday morning (February 29) in a Barcelona, Spain hospital.A Beaver Creek, Colorado local and the most stoked-out shred anyone ever met, Malay left town for a photo shoot in the Pyrenees Mountains last Wednesday. On Friday morning, Josh fell while snowboarding at Ordino Arcalis resort in Andorra–a country nestled between Spain and France. The fall came after riding 40 to 50 feet down a moderate slope that ended with a small, seven-to-ten-foot drop. Josh stuck the landing, but then tumbled once, hitting his head on an exposed rock.A guide who accompanied the riders immediately radioed for ski patrol. Within minutes, four ski patrollers were on the scene–all of them on K2 Seth Pistol skis, featuring graphics designed by Josh.Josh was transported to Andorra La Vella, where he was given a CAT scan, and then flown by helicopter to Barcelona. On Sunday morning, Josh was taken off of life support. He died shortly afterward from complications related to the head injury.Malay rode possessed, he changed snowboarding–and he did it his way. He will be remembered forever by everyone who knew him–the lives he affected–and by anyone who saw him ride … or smile. There will be a memorial service for Josh on Saturday, March 6 at Beaver Creek resort in Colorado. Be at Centennial (Chair Six) for first-chair at 8:30 a.m. The service will be held at Spruce Saddle lodge from 9:00-11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Josh’s family is asking that donations be made to the Josh Malay Memorial Fund, which can be sent to 312 Heritage Circle North, Burnsville, MN 55337. For questions about the fund, please call (952) 882-1594.