Seattle skier dies at Crystal Mountain

Staff writerFebruary 19, 2014 

A skier died at Crystal Mountain Wednesday when he suffocated in a tree well, the resort said.

The 35-year-old Seattle man was reported missing by a ski partner at 2:25 p.m., and was found on a run called Dick's Face by the ski patrol about five minutes later.

Patrol members dug the man out and started CPR, but the skier died from snow immersion suffocation.

“This serves as an unfortunate and sad reminder of how important it is to ski and ride with a partner, and keep them in sight, especially where there’s a lot of new and unsettled snow,” said Paul Baugher, Ski Patrol Director, in a release.


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