Man dies while skiing at Timberline resort

Clackamas County

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man died while skiing at the Timberline Resort Saturday morning.

According to an announcement from the spokesperson for Timberline, the 42-year-old was skiing with a friend in a treed area within the resort boundary.

He was found unresponsive with no pulse by another person after a “tree well-related incident.” Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. 

A tree well is a void around a tree trunk covered in deep snow. People can get stuck in them and suffocate. 

“A tree-well incident or tree-well immersion is when someone is skiing along in the trees and they fall and go into one of these wells, they go out of sight, often times head-first, upside down and it’s a pretty tough situation,” Timberline spokesperson John Burton said. 

“All of us at Timberline are heartbroken by the loss experienced at the Mountain today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friend and colleagues of a happy, energetic member of our mountain community,” Jeff Kohnstamm, Timberline President and Area Operator said in a press release.

Kohnstamm also warned of the dangers of tree wells and other snow hazards. He said it’s important to ski with a buddy within sight.

Timberline got 12 inches of fresh snow in the past 24 hours. 

Deep snow and tree well safety 

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