Roner died while participating in a parachute jump during the opening ceremonies of the Squaw Valley Institute Celebrity Golf Tournament.
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 Dies Parachuting

Accident happened in Squaw Valley

Erik Roner of Nitro Circus talks to the media after base jumping off The Signature at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on Wednesday June 1, 2011 in Las Vegas to promote the North American debut of Nitro Circus Live at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday June 4, 2011. (Jeff Bottari/AP Images for Nitro Circus Live)
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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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Lead Photo: Jeff Bottari/AP Images for Nitro Circus Live
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