Coroner: Steamboat snowboarder suffocated |

Coroner: Steamboat snowboarder suffocated

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS ” An autopsy has determined that a 22-year-old snowboarder suffocated after falling headfirst into a tree well at the Steamboat Springs ski resort.

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg identified the victim of the Friday accident as Jared Daniel of Auburn, Mass.

A friend tried but was unable to pull Daniel out of the tree well. Such areas develop around trees after a heavy snowfall.

The area where Daniel died was off an intermediate trail called Snooze Bar. Others joined Daniel’s friend and got him out after about 15 minutes. But CPR failed to revive him.

It is the second such death in a week at Steamboat.

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