Erik Roner Dies Parachuting

Accident happened in Squaw Valley

Roner died while participating in a parachute jump during the opening ceremonies of the Squaw Valley Institute Celebrity Golf Tournament. (Jeff Bottari/AP Images for Nitro Circus Live)

Erik Roner, a professional skier who helped pioneer ski-BASE jumping, died in a parachuting accident in Squaw Valley on Monday, according to Powder Magazine. Roner was the TV host for Outside Television's show Locals, which focuses on less-traveled outdoor destinations. He was also a member of MTV’s reality TV show Nitro Circuswhich follows motorsports champion Travis Pastrana and friends around as they ride dirt bikes, BASE-jump, and perform other stunts. He was credited with first descent ski-BASE lines in Chile and New Zealand. Ski-BASE jumping involves skiing off cliffs and then deploying a parachute, according to the New York Daily News.

Roner died while participating in a parachute jump during the opening ceremonies of the Squaw Valley Institute Celebrity Golf Tournament. He went off course, hit a tree, and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

*A previous version of this article did not include Roner's affiliation with Outside Television.

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