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May 26, 2024

70-year-old man dies at Mt. Ashland Ski Area

A sunny and snowy morning at Mt. Ashland Ski Area. Mt. Ashland Ski Area photo
February 20, 2023

Skier was ‘unresponsive’ when found Sunday, attempts to revive him were unsuccessful

By Bert Etling, Ashland.news

A 70-year-old man died Sunday at Mt. Ashland Ski Area, apparently of a “cardiac incident,” according to a news release.

He was unresponsive when found on the Upper Romeo Trail. Bystanders and Mt. Ashland Ski Patrol personnel immediately began lifesaving efforts at the scene. Ashland Fire & Rescue also responded, as did a Mercy Flights helicopter. The man was taken to the ski area’s medical room, where he was pronounced deceased.

“Our team is devastated at this loss,” said Andrew Gast, Mt. Ashland’s general manager. “Mt. Ashland is a very close-knit community and we care deeply for our mountain family. We are extremely grateful to all of our staff, ski patrollers, Ashland Fire & Rescue, and Mercy Flights for their excellent response and medical care they provided. Our entire mountain team offers our sincerest condolences to the family and friends who were affected by this loss.”

It’s the third death in four years at the ski area. A 23-year-old ski patrol member died in February 2019 after skiing into a tree well, and a 71-year-old man reported missing in March 2002 was found unresponsive outside the ski area near the intersection of the  Dream and Rodger’s Way trails.

Email Ashland.news Executive Editor Bert Etling at betling@ashland.news or call or text him at 541-631-1313.

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Bert Etling is the executive editor of Ashland.news. Email him at betling@ashland.news.

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