Memorial on Friday for ski racer Emily Clothier |

Memorial on Friday for ski racer Emily Clothier

Jeff Munson / Tahoe Daily Tribune

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE ” Friends, family and the community are invited to a celebration of life on Friday for Emily Kaydee Clothier, who died in a ski accident at Heavenly Mountain Resort one year ago.

Emily, a competitive ski racer, was training with the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation when she struck a tree on March 20, 2008. The South Tahoe High School freshman, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, died of head injuries. She was 14.

Attendees should meet at the base of Stagecoach lift at 1:20 p.m. Friday. All are encouraged to write messages to place inside a memory box, which is at the tree where Emily died, said family friend Laurel Brock.

“Emily was the most vibrant soul, very intuitive, and she brought life to any situation,” Brock said. “The memory box is something the family put up right after she died so that anyone can put their words and thoughts about Emily for the family.”

Emily is survived by her parents, Patti and Steve Clothier, younger sister Mikaela, and older siblings Lyndsay Salina and Scott Richie. Emily was an eight-year member of the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation as a second year J3 Alpine racer.

Though she competed in all four disciplines in the Far West division, downhill was her favorite, according to family members.

The Emily Clothier Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in her memory.

The scholarship is available to help young men and women ease the financial burden associated with participating in organized team sports like skiing and snowboarding. A memorial golf tournament, to raise money for the scholarship, will take place April 9 at Lake Tahoe Golf Course, Brock said.

Following the celebration of life ceremony at Heavenly, there will be a potluck dinner at the Clothier home, 1831 Toppewetah St. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share. Potluck begins at 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Ellen Dupree at (530) 318-9417 or Alyssa Lowe at (530) 318-5950.

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