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Monday, February 20, 2012
Updated: February 21, 4:27 PM ET
Vigils planned for 3 killed in avalanche

By Devon O'Neil
ESPN.com

Remembering Jim Jack, Chris Rudolph, and John Brenan, the men who perished in an avalanche at Stevens Pass on Sunday.

One day after three well-known backcountry skiers died in a large avalanche outside the boundary of Washington's Stevens Pass ski area, their friends and colleagues planned vigils to celebrate their lives. Jim Jack, Chris Rudolph and John Brenan -- all of whom had deep ties to Stevens Pass -- perished in the slide Sunday afternoon.

A gathering was scheduled for Monday afternoon at Utah's Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort to remember Jack, who worked as the head judge of the Salt Lake City-based Subaru Freeskiing World Tour. Anyone interested in joining the gathering was encouraged to show up at the base of the tram at 4 p.m. MT. "There will be no downhill traffic and no lift passes needed for rides to the top of Hidden Peak," the Freeskiing World Tour announced through Facebook. "All friends, family, and public welcome to celebrate the life of our brother, and amazing freeskiing spirit."

In Washington, Seattle resident Brian Allen, an old friend of Rudolph's and a former Stevens Pass employee, is working with resort representatives to organize a candlelight vigil this week during Stevens Pass' night-skiing operations. "Chris touched me years ago just like he's touched thousands of people," Allen said. "I was the bar manager and Chris lived in the cabin next to me. I was going through a tough time and he treated me like a brother; just picked me up and always checked in on me. He was a lifeline that way."

Rudolph, 30, had spent the past eight years as the director of marketing at Stevens Pass, helping to put the small ski area on the global map; Brenan, 41, was a former ski patroller and longtime local skier; and Jack, 46, in addition to his professional involvement in the sport of freeskiing, was a "local legend" around Stevens Pass and his hometown of Leavenworth, Wash., according to a release from the resort.