Crash kills skier |

Crash kills skier

Former local dies in cycle collision

— Erik Skinner remembers Jordan Chiovarelli as the type of skier who drove him mad, but one of those guys his former coaches couldn’t stay mad at for long.

“He was a really, really talented young man,” former coach Bobby Aldighieri said. “He was a handful to coach, but he would always find a way to get back into your heart.”

Aldighieri was just one of Chiovarelli’s former coaches saddened by the news that the 23-year-old skier died Monday evening in a motorcycle accident in Roslyn, N.Y.

The fatal accident occurred at 8:30 p.m. when Chiovarelli was traveling north on Walbridge Lane, a 500-foot, right-turn-only lane. Chiovarelli apparently was unable to slow down enough to avoid a collision with other drivers. His motorcycle jumped a curb before striking a bus. Chiovarelli was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chiovarelli spent four years at the Lowell Whiteman School in Steamboat Springs, graduating in 2001. He was a member of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s post-graduate program until 2003, former coach Joe Kelly said.

“He was one of the most talented skiers that I’ve ever seen,” Kelly said.

Chiovarelli grew up skiing on the East Coast but decided to come to Steamboat after spending time with Aldighieri at a couple of his summer ski camps. Aldighieri was the Winter Sports Club’s program director before taking a position with the Canadian Ski Team.

Erik Skinner, the Winter Sports Club’s current freestyle director, remembers Chiovarelli as an easy-going guy who liked to have a good time and loved to ski.

“He was the comic relief,” Skinner said. “He never took things too seriously.”

He also remembers Chio-varelli as a top-notch competitor who showed great promise on the slopes.

But he was also a free spirit who earned the admiration of his teachers, coaches and friends.

Mitch Globe, dean of students at Lowell Whiteman, still remembers how Chiovarelli used to compete on old, beat-up skis.

“It was a matter of pride for him,” Globe said. “I think he took pride in beating those other guys on his old skis.”

— To reach John F. Russell, call 871-4209 or e-mail

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