For Reasons Unknown. Moss Halladay

January 10th, 2011 by Conor

For reasons unknown, I as well as many people was faced with a situation that is beyond severe. What has happened to my friend Danny is tragic, devastating , and there is no way to get away around that. 7 days ago my life and perspective on life was changed. For me this trip was a struggle to begin with, I had an incredibly bad feeling a week before I left. I talked to friends about it and of course I figured it was related to Tahoe and the large amount of snow we have been getting. Being an optimistic person and a person of my word I decided to push away my feelings and continue on with the trip no matter what was inside me. When it came down to it I just wanted to be with my friends.
Fast forward to Jan 3rd 2011, a nice bluebird day, everyone was stoked to ride and just have fun. Most people have not been to Teton Pass but it has a fun homey atmosphere. By this time the feeling I felt the week prior was pushed away and I was just stoked to be with all my friends. When it comes down to it if you don’t have friends you don’t have anything. To me my friends are my family.

The run before everything changed, the lift suddenly stopped and no one thought anything of it. We joked that we might have to sack up and jump off the lift. Of course we were too scared to actually do it! I was on the lift with Danny when it stopped and it was almost nice despite the cold temps. I had not seen or really talked to Danny in almost a month and like we always do, we got right into an in depth conversation. We talked about everything from his trip to Argentina and how I was now using the same computer he took with him, to relationships with girls…more importantly we were talking about life. For reasons unknown the lift stopped and I was able to have 30 minutes to talk about everything with Danny. This was awesome since we had grown to become such good friends. Finally the lift started up, now very stoked because it was so cold! I wouldn’t realize the importance of our conversation till later.
Standing on top of the feature that ultimately wrecked Danny , I was going to be the last to drop. Danny was getting ready to drop before me and was telling me a little bit about the feature. It was a small but fun looking air, the type of thing you would hit when you’re messing around. It was a 10-foot high hill where you jump up on to an adjacent run. The main thing Danny did say to me was “Moss, be real careful when you land that you don’t go into the trees.” Of course I was stoked he told me but really didn’t think anything of it. Anyone that knows Him and his snowboarding abilities knows Danny is hands down one of the most talented riders out there. I’m stoked when Danny drops to see what he is going to pull…A nice mellow backside 180 is what he throws. I’m thinking how can I one up Danny, but before all that happens I see him stray forward on his board and then out of my line of vision. It was obvious he went down when I saw a group of trees shake. Not fearing the worst I yell to Conor that I am going to skip the feature and make sure Danny is ok. What we rolled up on was not what we neither thought nor what anyone wanted to see. All I could see was his board wedged up against the trees, face first, head buried in the snow with Danny lodged in the trees . Holy shit…. what has just happened, was the thought running in my mind. The rest of the details are intense and not fun, bottom line, brutal. To see your friend in that state is devastating but collectively we all stepped up and played very valuable rolls to get our friend out of that situation and make sure he could get to help.

It’s been 7 days since the accident and many surgeries have ensued, emotions have been high. I spent 4 days sitting in the hospital hoping, praying, and trying to figure out what the hell has just happened. Trying to come to the realization that this has actually happened to us. Danny is one of the best people out there and I trust that his stubborn east coast attitude will help him get through all of this. For reasons unknown I as well as our crew were meant to be there when this happened.

Despite his injury I have only wanted to get back on my snowboard and ride harder then ever for Danny. However from now on I will wear a helmet and be an advocate for them. It has taken this accident for me to realize this and its time for people to suck up their pride and image and use this as a lesson. Everyone will get their own lesson out of this. I just hope everyone realizes it’s not worth it to not wear a helmet. Go ahead and be too cool and think this wont happen to you or your friends and it might not, but when it does just know your never too cool for a helmet and it is only there to protect you, your friends, and your family.

Cant wait to be with you again Danny!

Words by: Moss Halladay

12 Responses to “For Reasons Unknown. Moss Halladay”

  1. Stacy Allen Says:

    I so agree with the helmet issue. Back in the day no one wore them, but as time has come and gone, helmets can only help-and you won’t look like a geek.
    Get well Danny and thanks Moss for a great post!
    xoxo Stacy

  2. Anonymous Says:

    As all parents know, when they first watch their kids leave the driveway, out on their own, should an accident ensue, no matter how hard you want to, you can’t take that moment in time back, no matter how hard you plead and pray and try to reason with the Gods.
    Please wear a helmet. I so support the last post, forget the image thing. One additional moment with loved ones is worth any moments that strangers may/may not notice your apparel.

  3. Josh Stringer Says:

    Well said Moss,

    I always say, you’re not serious unless you have a helmet on the mountain. Of course we’ve all ridden big stuff with out them and been fine but its not like you plan for accidents. They just happen; be it never-evers or Pros like yourself.

    Also, they’re REALLY REALLY WARM! Stay up dude and best of luck to your buddy.

  4. Louie Vito Says:

    GET WELL SOON DANNY!!!! Im prayin for ya man!!!!!! Moss, stay strong, I been thru what you are going thru!

  5. Grant Bowen Says:

    great piece moss!

  6. Josh Says:

    Thanks for the write up on in this accident. I’ve never met Danny or you Moss, but I am pulling for him all the same. I am so with you on the helmet issue. I saw a friend of mine get hurt when not wearing one, and I switched right away. The more people advocating for helmets, the more the kids who look up to them will wear them. Best of luck to Danny and you on the journey ahead.

  7. Are Dub Says:

    This is a good message. Get through it Danny

  8. Johnny Murry Says:

    I know you will get through this because everyone right now needs to hear a ‘LIVE Rendition’ of you Epic Laugh!

  9. Pat Milbery Says:

    Danny is in my thoughts and let good energy be passed to him on the daily… Moss, stoked you got wiser son! Protect your brain, this situation will hopefully happen less through everyone spreading the word based on a simple concept….Stay safe yo!

  10. Ken Kelley Says:

    Danny was the most honest & enthusiastic young riders I have met in the last few years, a positive light shone from him that was undeniable, and you could see that light shine in all those around him as well. {{{My heart and prayers go out to my brother Danny T}}}

  11. aMann Says:

    i heard this story firsthand and i was really touched. iv never met Danny but get well soon man! youll pull through. praying for ya.

  12. Becky Bowen Says:

    I’ve never met you and you don’t know me. I am writing tonight to ask you to keep telling this story. I remember when I was young and I did not make the best decisions based on what I thought would look good or make me cool. Now as an adult and volunteer ski instructor I wear a helmet not only to protect my own mellon, but to set an example for the children I teach to ski. I have always required my children to wear helmets, however now that my son has entered his late teen years he feels he doesn’t need a helmet to snowboard. I’m not much of an influence as ‘the mom’ anymore. Young people are more likely to hear you and take your words to heart. Please keep telling your story. I can teach 1st graders to ski and wear their helmets, you can help me keep them wearing them.

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