BEND, Ore. – A 24-year-old Bend snowboarder died at Mt. Bachelor after falling into a tree well, authorities said Friday, the first fatality at the resort in nearly three years.
Resort officials said other skiers and snowboarders found the man around noon. Mt. Bachelor Ski Patrol members were called to the scene and performed CPR while taking the man to the West Village base area.
Medics called to the scene pronounced the man dead about 1:15 p.m.
Mt. Bachelor officials said the man was found in the experts-only West Bowls area, off the Northwest Chairlift.
Deschutes County sheriff’s Sgt. William Bailey said other skiers and snowboarders found the man buried in the snow and initially believed it was a skier before determining he had been snowboarding.
CPR was performed and an AirLink helicopter was sent, but the man was pronounced dead on the resort, Bailey said.
The man’s name was not released pending notification of family members.
“Our entire mountain community is saddened,” John McLeod, Mt. Bachelor’s president and general manager, said in a statement “While very rare, this is a very sad incident and our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.”
Drew Jackson, the resort’s director of marketing and communications, confirmed It was the first fatality on Mt. Bachelor since May 2015, when a Bend skier, Peter Sky, 29, lost control and struck a tree.
There have been other fatal crashes over the years, including another skier, Scott Hackett, 27, who struck a tree and was killed in January 2008.
But Friday’s death was the first at Mt. Bachelor involving a tree well since February of 2002, when Kate Svitek, 22, of Bend, fell into a tree well after becoming separated from friends. Her body was found in a tree well on the northwest side of the mountain nearly a month later, after extensive searches failed to find her.
An investigation found she had fallen and her snowboard dislodged snow and ice, burying her.