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Coroner: Michigan ski instructor suffocated at Steamboat

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado authorities say a ski instructor found dead at the Steamboat resort suffocated in loose snow at the base of a tree.

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg released his findings Monday about 23-year-old Grace Lynn McNeil of Cedar, Mich., who died on Christmas Day.

McNeil was an instructor at the Arapahoe Basin ski area and was skiing with friends at Steamboat.

Ryg says McNeil was wearing a helmet but had no external injuries.

He says she apparently lost control and fell into what’s called a tree well, an area of quicksand-like snow at the base of an evergreen tree, and couldn’t get out.

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