Charles “CR” Johnson rose to icon status as a freeskier. He called Squaw Valley ski resort in Lake Tahoe his home mountain and was quite proud of the association.
A pioneer in the freeskiing movement, CR tragically passed away in a skiing accident at Squaw Valley on Feb. 24, 2010.
To honor the memory of Johnson, this Saturday (Sept. 14), the communities of Tahoe, snow-sports and beyond will come together in celebration of the local professional skier whose profound effect on the sport he helped shape during his heralded career.
Seating will begin at 6 p.m. outside at Squaw Valley’s KT Base Bar for the World Premiere of “CRJ – The Chronicle of a Freeskiing Icon.”
This event is free of charge with all ages welcome to attend. The 20-minute film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Lawn chairs, warm clothing and blankets are recommended. However, no need to bring a hat because Bigtruck Brand will be hosting a sew-on-site hat tent with limited edition CRJ patches made from CR’s old outerwear.
The film, produced by 4FRNT Media (with help from Inspired Media, Level 1 Productions, Poor Boyz Productions and Teton Gravity Research), outlines CR Johnson’s rise to icon status in the world of freeskiing, documenting his career through film segments and insights from those who knew him best.
People recognized CR’s talent from a young age. At 17 he rose to skiing stardom after landing a 1440 (degree rotation) at Squaw Valley. During his career, CR competed in the Slopestyle and Superpipe Winter X Games events, filmed with many top-tier ski film production companies, and returned to a professional level of freeskiing after a life altering and career threatening head injury in 2005.
Throughout his highly public skiing career, CR’s passion for skiing and dedication to the sport set him apart. Despite injuries and setbacks, CR couldn’t stop skiing because for him, skiing was just too much fun.
“CR was so passionate about skiing and about being out in nature,” said his sister, Kahlil Johnson. “He loved Terrain Park skiing until it wasn’t realistic for him, then he returned to the backcountry while thoroughly enjoying being outdoors and discovering what he could accomplish while skiing off natural aspects. I believe his skiing truly soared after he combined his skiing experiences in the Terrain Park and backcountry. These abilities which CR focused on made him so enthusiastic about the positive life he lived.”