Jake Burton Carpenter, the man who helped completely transform an avenue of the skiing industry, died Wednesday night in Burlington, Vermont. He was 65.
The snowboarding pioneer had sent an e-mail to his employees earlier this month, announcing that he was battling cancer again.
“You will not believe this, but my cancer has come back,” Carpenter wrote on Nov. 9. “It’s the same tumor as the first time around. We just never got rid of it all. A bit of it hung out in my lymph nodes and got back into business.”