15-year-old dies in Schweitzer accident - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

15-year-old dies in Schweitzer accident

SANDPOINT, Idaho. - A 15-year-old died Tuesday apparently after falling into a tree well while skiing at Schweitzer Mountain Resort.

Just after 12 p.m., a group of snowboarders told ski patrol dispatch they had come across a skier that appeared to have fallen in a tree well or a depression of loose snow that is frequently hidden by low-lying branches so that the victim falls into a pile of concealed soft snow.

Patrollers found the teen around 12:30 p.m. and tried to revive the unconscious and unresponsive boy before transporting him to First Aid. A Bonner General Hospital doctor was on site at First Aid and determined that the teen was dead.

"Our hearts and prayers are with the family during this time as they attempt to cope with this unfortunate situation," said Schweitzer CEO Tom Chasse.

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