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U.S. Ski Team to honor local skier Bryce Astle posthumously

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Posted at 1:03 PM, Nov 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-20 19:02:44-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- A local skier will be posthumously honored by the United States Alpine Ski Team, along with another skier from New Hampshire.

Bryce Astle, 19, and Ronnie Berlack, 20, were both killed in an avalanche last January while they were training with the United States Ski Development Team in Austria.

Fox13 News spoke with Astle’s parents Jamie and Laura Astle. They shared their pride in their son, and described him as the once “soon-to-be” best skier in the world. Just weeks before the avalanche, Astle had ranked in two top ten spots at the NorAm Cup races in Canada.

“If you could put all the best personalities into one person, that person would be Bryce,” said his father, Jamie Astle. “Making the ski team was not even the end goal, the end goal was being the best skier in the world.”

They also described him as having the best heart.

“Everybody has a hole in their heart that will never go away” said his mother, Laura. “He touched so many people, and that’s how I want him to be remembered.  And I hope that everybody can do what Bryce did.  And that’s make somebody that day feel a little better.”

The U.S. Ski Team is expected to make this special announcement on Saturday at 1:30 at the Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado.