Erik Roner, a Tahoe City resident known for his action-sports performances, died Monday morning while performing with a skydiving team at a celebrity golf event in Placer County.
Placer County sheriff’s deputies, along with fire and rescue personnel, responded at 9:44 a.m. to a report of a skydiving accident at a resort in the Olympic Valley area. Witnesses said the skydiver was a member of a group conducting a skydiving performance for the golf event, according to a Placer County Sheriff’s Office news release.
Sheriff’s officials identified the dead skydiver as Erik Lars Roner, 39, of Tahoe City. Roner struck a tree while attempting to land and became entangled with the tree high above the ground. Rescue personnel were able to remove Roner from the tree, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
None of the other skydivers was injured.
The website for the nonprofit Squaw Valley Institute says that the fourth annual SVI Celebrity Golf Classic was being held Monday at the Links at Squaw Creek. The website said celebrity athletes would perform aerial stunts to kick off the event and included a video of famed skydiver J.T. Holmes previously landing on the golf course.
The Squaw Valley institute issued a written statement saying, “Extreme athlete Erik Roner died this morning in a skydiving accident at an annual non-profit event hosted in Olympic Valley by the Squaw Valley Institute, an organization to which Erik regularly dedicated his time. Erik is survived by his wife and two children. The Squaw Valley Institute is mourning Erik’s loss, and their deepest sympathies are with his family and friends at this time.”
According to a biography on Roner’s website, he grew up in Northern California and became a skier at an early age. He attended Brigham Young University and pursued his passion for skiing in Utah’s Wasatch mountains. He graduated with a degree in graphic design.
Roner’s athletic skills earned him features in major ski films and publications, including Powder, Skiing, Rolling Stone and Sports Illustrated. He was a pioneer in BASE jumping and was invited to join the Nitro Circus crew, resulting in two seasons with MTV.
Investigation into Monday’s accident is continuing, sheriff’s officials said, and the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified.