Coroner: Steamboat snowboarder likely suffocated |

Coroner: Steamboat snowboarder likely suffocated

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS ” A 22-year-old snowboarder who died at Steamboat Ski Area had fallen head first into a tree well, the unstable area of snow that can form around tree trunks after heavy snowfalls, the Routt County coroner said.

The cause of death was expected to be suffocation, though the investigation is ongoing, Coroner Robert Ryg said.

The man, identified as Jared Daniel, of Auburn, Mass., was snowboarding Friday on an intermediate trail when the accident happened, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said.

It took about 15 minutes for Daniel’s friend and others to free Daniel from the snow, Ryg said. Rescuers performed CPR, but Daniel died after being taken to an ambulance, Lane said.

It was at least the seventh skiing or snowboarding death in Colorado this season, including deaths in the backcountry.

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