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Snowboarder dies at Steamboat Ski Area

Steamboat Springs Pilot & TodayVail, CO Colorado

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado Ski area officials confirmed Friday afternoon that a 22-year-old snowboarder died at Steamboat Ski Area.Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said the individual was snowboarding on Snooze Bar, an intermediate trail on the upper mountain in the Morningside Park area, when the accident occurred. Steamboat Ski Patrol responded to the scene at 2:30 p.m. and administered life support. Patrollers took the individual to an ambulance at the Slope Maintenance building, where he was pronounced dead.The Routt Coroner is investigating the case. The individual’s name is withheld pending notification of kin.The death is the second at the ski area in 10 days.On Jan. 15, Mark Joseph Stout, 45, of Ottsville, Pa., was skiing with his 15-year-old daughter and friends when he fell behind the group at about 11:30 a.m. on the intermediate Cowboy Coffee run. Stouts family and friends waited for him at the bottom of the run and then reported him missing to Steamboat Ski Patrol. Patrollers conducted a search and found Stout at about 1 p.m. that day. Patrollers administered CPR at the scene but were unable to revive Stout. He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.Ski officials and Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said Stout fell into a tree well, a hole or depression of unstable snow that forms beneath low-hanging branches around tree trunks.

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