Our world lost a tender soul wrapped up in a sarcastic, wicked sense of humor, on January 13, 2019, when Charles Tyson Goodrich, died in a traffic accident in China, where he was working on the 2022 Winter Olympic Games preparation.
On August 31, 1977 in Eureka, CA, Tyson joined the only people he ever called Mom and Dad, Gail and Charlie “Hap” Goodrich, and his sister, Mariah. He spent many of his formative years in Mt. Shasta, with Tyson graduating high school in the U.S. Virgin Islands, on the island of St. Croix. He also graduated the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in AZ where he mastered the finer skills of working on Harleys, and other motorcycles.
Tyson started his career in 1997 at the Mount Shasta Ski Park, working there until 2004. In between seasons, he began designing terrain park jumps and a half pipe, eventually sharing his ideas of a terrain park with the powers that be, and as Tyson said, “the rest is history”.
In 2004 Tyson began chasing winter around the world, leaving his mark in 5 countries, and on 3 continents. Tyson’s dream was to raise the standard of half pipes and terrain parks in the ski industry, creating a safe, predictable, fun, and inspiring place. Tyson used his skills to make his dreams come true, and his journeys’ carried him first to The Remarkables, New Zealand, then on to Park City Mountain Resort, Utah, Momentum Ski Camp Whistler, British Columbia, Rosa Kutor, Russia, home of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Tyson has spent the last 4 seasons in China where he was under special contract for test prepping the site of the 2022 Olympics.
Tyson has several firsts to his credit, in December 2005 he opened the first Zaugg 22’ pipe, and maintained the most hours operating the Zaugg 22’ monster, at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, he built the first ever, slopestyle course. At the completion of building this complex course, Tyson held a memorial service for his friend, Sarah Burke, who died in 2012 from injuries sustained during a training run in Park City, UT. Tyson was deeply affected by his friend’s death, and met Sarah’s parents at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. He shared video of the memorial held high in the mountains, overlooking the 2014 Olympic venue where their daughter had been considered a medal favorite prior to her death.
Tyson’s terrain parks and half pipes were used to train the US, Canadian, French, Russian and New Zealand Snowboard Teams, Monster Energy Drink Team, X Game athlete training, and the Mountain Dew Tour. His expertise in his craft has been utilized at the New Zealand National Slopestyle and Boardercross, World Superpipe Championships 2006, 2008, FIS World Cup 2009-2011, Grand Prix Olympic Qualifiers #4, #5 2010, European Cup 2012, Russia Cup 2012 and 2013, Paralympics boarder cross 2014, and the Olympic slopestyle course 2014.
Mount Shasta remained Tyson’s home base, and during the summers, he worked for various local companies, the last several summers at A Cut Above Tree Service, Inc. He enjoyed hiking, motorcycle riding, camping, swimming and driving RV cars. His photography exemplified his incredible eye for detail and the unusual, leaving many photo professionals drooling with envy. Tyson cherished his family and friends, and his cousin said, “Tyson is regarded as family everywhere he goes.”
Tyson is survived by immediate family members: mom, Gail Burger Goodrich and dad, Hap Goodrich, sister, Mariah Goodrich Jones, nephews Chance and Jackson, and niece, Tyler. Dear friends include Lee Anne Goodrich, Amber Pearman, Glen and Cindy Hutton, Garret and Chris Lovelace, Jesse White and Shane Ames. Tyson has many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends throughout the world.
Tyson is loved by many, and will be missed by many more.
You can view a few of Tyson’s accomplishments at the following:
YouTube – Building the Eagle Superpipe – Tyson Goodrich
Vimeo Steve Horton Video called Tyson