Matt has suffered a really unfortunate loss. A lot of you know Matt - I dont think he posts much but he and Big Ben are always together at Boulder and Blue and travel together everywhere.
Mark Joseph Stout, 45, of Ottsville, Pa., was skiing with his 15-year-old daughter and friends when he fell behind the group at about 11:30 a.m. on the intermediate Cowboy Coffee run, Ryg said. Stout’s family and friends waited for him at the bottom of the run and then reported him missing to Steamboat Ski Patrol. Patrollers conducted a search and found Stout at about 1 p.m. Patrollers administered CPR at the scene but were unable to revive Stout. He was pronounced dead at 1:25 p.m., Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said.
“He didn’t hit the tree, he just went in headfirst into a tree well,” Ryg said. “He suffered no apparent trauma to his body.”
Ryg said that while suffocation or a heart attack could have caused the death, an autopsy is still pending.
“We don’t know exactly why he died,” Ryg said. “We’ll find out in the next couple of days.”
A tree well is the hole or depression that forms around the base of a tree when low branches prevent snow from filling in and creating snowpack around the trunk.
Lane said there were no witnesses to the accident. He was not sure if Stout was wearing a helmet.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as they deal with this difficult time," Lane said. "We are attempting to do everything we can to support them."
Tuesday's accident is the first fatality at Steamboat Ski Area since February 2005