Bryce Astle grew up in the mountains of Utah's Little Cottonwood Canyon. He attended grade school at Alta and his after-school activities consisted of…… skiing. Bryce loved every part of skiing: bumps, powder, screaming runs down West Rustler and despite parental vetoes; cliffs, chutes, and flips. Bryce and Chris wanted to try racing like their older brother, Jason. Bryce embraced a new found passion: gates. Snowbird took Bryce’s free skiing touch and molded him into a blossoming racer. At 14 years old he would watch World Cup races over and over again, analyzing each racer. One day he turned to his dad and said, “I can ski with these guys”. From then on, his focus was clear. In his mind it was simple, it was just a matter of putting together the building blocks to reach his goal of being one of the top five racers in the world.
Bryce’s defining personality characteristic was kindness.He made everyone feel like they were his best friend. The incalculable loss is not just to sports, or his family, or his friends. What we can’t imagine is the good which could have been accomplished if everyone to whom Bryce would have shown a kind gesture would have passed it on.
As Bryce always said: “GOOD VIBES ONLY”
At the time of Bryce’s death, he was the top junior technical skier in North America and the reigning U.S. junior giant slalom champion.
Bryce would have likely been a medal contender in four events in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.