BEND, OR -- Two people were killed in separate accidents at Mt. Bachelor, Friday.
At about noon, a 24-year-old snowboarder was found in a tree well in the West Bowls area, an “experts only” area near the Northwest Lift. Other skiers worked to uncover Alfonso Braun and Ski Patrol attempted CPR, but the Bend man had died.
A few hours later, a report came in of a missing skier. After a five hour search, 19-year-old Nicole Panet-Raymond was found in a tree well near the Cloudchaser Lift. Mt. Bachelor Ski Patrol and Deschutes County Search and Rescue used cell phone data to assist them in locating the Eugene woman. Her body was buried in about six feet of snow, just off the more-difficult White Bark run.
Mt. Bachelor officials say fatalities from falls into tree wells are uncommon in ski areas and for two unrelated incidents to occur in the same day is exceptionally rare. Prior to Friday, the last tree well fatality at Bachelor was in 2002.