wife on Instagram.
“Dear Husband and my whole world officially married November 18, 2022, which not
many people knew about,” Jenna Dramise wrote. “I’m so incredibly thankful that I got
to marry you and have you in my life.
Smaine was one of two men found dead, by the authorities in Nagano, Japan after
they were caught in an avalanche. Police say they were among 13 people hit by the
avalanche. The names of the deceased have not been formally announced by the
authorities.“You loved skiing more than anyone I’ve ever met. I picked you up
hitchhiking in New Zealand 2010 and who would have thought we would be married
13 years later,” his wife wrote. “The best damn years of my life. I know you had the
best runs in your life out there in Japan and could never blame you for doing what
you loved. I do wish I could tell you that one secret I always had, that I loved you. It
never really was a secret because I said it at least 10 times a day to you. I can’t wait to
see you again. Tonight I hope to ride some pow or bikes with you in my dreams. Love
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Grant Granderson, a photographer for outdoor magazine Mountain Gazette – who
had been on the same trip as Smaine – wrote on Instagram that the 31-year-old
American had been caught up in the avalanche while skiing in the prefecture of
Nagano on Monday.
“Yesterday was my absolute worst nightmare scenario,” Granderson wrote.
The photographer explained that on the last day of their trip, a group including
Smaine and fellow professional skier Adam Ü chose to ski one last run while,
Granderson wrote, he stayed at the base camp.
Adam Ü posted a message with a picture, honoring his friend Smaine.
“RIP,” he wrote. “Your stoke and enthusiasm was just what this old guy needed.”
According to Mountain Gazette, who spoke to Ü on Monday, they met a group of
Austrian skiers at the top who chose to ski a slightly different route.
oon after three skiers – Smaine, Ü and a third skier – were caught up in the
avalanche, said Mountain Gazette.
“Adam, Kyle and the other skier tried to run. Adam was buried 1.5 meters deep for 25
minutes and is unscathed. That is a miracle. The skier buried next to him died from
internal injuries. Kyle was thrown 50 meters by the air blast and buried and killed.
“Another group in the area consisting of two Canadian mountain guides and 4 or 5
emergency doctors/nurses etc as clients performed the rescue. The doctors did
everything they could for Kyle and the other skier. Adam and I will be rehashing this
for the rest of our lives.”
On Sunday, police were unable to immediately begin a search due to weather, but
dispatched a 12-member rescue team on Monday morning.
At least five men, all foreign nationals from the US and Austria, had been caught in
the avalanche on the eastern slope of Mount Hakuba Norikura, a Nagano police
spokesperson told Reuters.
According to Reuters, after heavy snowfall, an avalanche warning had been issued by
weather authorities in recent days.
Smaine had posted a video of himself skiing from his body camera on his Instagram
He wrote that he traveled to Japan because of the “unbelievable snow quality, non-
stop storms, and really fun terrain that seems to get better then more exploring you
Smaine won a gold medal in the halfpipe at the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding
World Championships in 2015.