Sarah Burke’s + Rory Bushfield’s Wedding Remembered

We Will Miss you Sarah!!!

sarah burke Image from Powder Mag

I am not in the habit of writing obituaries or memorials on this blog, but I’m so shaken up over Sarah Burke’s death that it would feel wrong for me not to. I think other mountain brides, especially western mountain bride who ski will remember Burke as the powerhouse free skier who dominated the superpipe, who lobbied early on for the inclusion of female athletes in the X games. Burke went on to become an X Games champion. Most recently, she successfully lobbied the Winter Olympic Committee to include the super pipe in the 2014 Winter Olympics.  Beautiful, easy-going, and one of the best skiers ever (male or female) I will remember Sarah for paving the way for other female athletes to compete in top tier competitions and pushing the envelope in freestyle skiing.


Winter | How They Met +Married

Sarah Burke married Rory Bushfield near Whistler, BC on September 25, 2010. They met at ski camp when Sarah was 15. In this video Sara and Rory talk about life, mountains, and how Rory proposed. PLEASE WATCH IT!!! It also has clips from their wedding toward the end.

Sarah Burke's WeddingImage from Canadian Bride

Sarah Burke and Rory Bushfield Wedding

Both Sarah and Rory are beloved in the ski industry. Sarah will be missed dearly and our hearts go out to Rory!

Christie Osborne
Christie Osborne has lived in or visited every mountain range in the US. Once a mountain bride herself, she's dedicated to helping mountain brides plan their weddings and find the perfect vendors. She's known in the blogging world for her no-nonsense attitude, and she loves to ski. Follow Mountainside Bride on Twitter Facebook and Pinterest.
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  1. says

    I met Sarah waaaay back in 1998 when I was a pro-am snowboarder. She was delightful and sincere. My heart hurts that she’s gone.

    • says

      Thanks for the reply and kind words. I never met her, but followed her career and advocacy for female skiers. It’s been a hard year in terms of skier deaths in general, but Sarah’s death hit me particularly hard.

  2. lucy wilmer says

    God bless Sarah Burke and her family and friends. She seems almost otherworldly in her accomplishments, kindness, bravery and beauty. It is my wish that her family recieves all the comfort and support the world can offer them. God speed to all…

  3. says

    Absolutely heartbreaking. I cried, and losing a spouse… you can’t help but think of Rory’s pain. I have several clients this year who are going into the season without a parent (or without both) and one client who lost her husband last year. I myself also went through a terrible personal loss a little over a year ago as well. You can’t help but think and feel how heartbreaking it is… and how important these pictures and videos are to every one involved. Here they can see and hear Sarah talk and laugh and smile on one of her happiest days. We are so blessed to have these precious ways of remembering our loved ones.

    • says

      So well said Emily. I’m still shaken up over Sarah’s death. I have a hard time wrapping my head around losing a spouse, and Sarah was so instrumental in pushing women’s role in elite competitions like the Olympics and X Games. My heart was warmed to see this year’s Winter X Games be dedicated to Sarah and to see so many athletes with “Celebrate Sarah” stickers and arm bands.

      And you are so right. These pictures and videos are so important to remembering and celebrating. Thank so much for the heartfelt comment, and my heart goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one.