Friends and family of Aaron Karitis gather in the Mt. Bachelor West Village parking lot Saturday for a day of skiing, shared stories, barbecue and drinks in his honor. Karitis, who was working as a heli-skiing guide with Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures, died Monday night, two days after he was buried in an avalanche in the Kicking Horse Valley west of Haines, Alaska. The 31-year-old was a Bend native.