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Billy Poole Memorial Weekend

This past weekend, friends and family came together alongside Big Sky Youth Empowerment to celebrate the life of Billy Poole and the positive effect he had on the ski industry.

Billy Poole, a Warren Miller Entertainment athlete who passed away in 2008 while filming in Utah's Big Cottonwood Canyon, was honored last weekend in Montana. Friends and family came together alongside Big Sky Youth Empowerment to celebrate the positive effect he had on the ski industry and to raise money for the Billy Poole Memorial Fund.

Kids in the BYEP program were able to ski alongside some of the biggest names in skiing, like Rachel Burks, Jamie Pierre and Julian Carr.

Afterwards, the Memorial Fund Fundraiser kicked off; all proceeds were donated to The Billy Poole Memorial Fund which introduces youth to skiing and outdoor programs. More pro skiers were on hand to autograph posters.

"This is just a really special event," said Rachael Burks. "It's all in honor of Billy Poole. We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for him being such a light in the ski community, and the world. He was just amazing. Still is."

BYEP + the Billy Poole Memorial Fund 2011 from Big Sky Youth Empowerment on Vimeo.