According to a press release from Bridger Bowl, a 21-year-old skier was found unresponsive in a tree well on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. The identity of the skier has not been released.

A tree well is the space around a tree under its branches that does not get the same amount of snow as the surrounding open space. This creates a void or area of loose snow below the branches and around the trunk that is dangerous to any hikers, skiers, and snowboarders who fall into them.

Bridger Bowl issued the following statement on Tuesday regarding the death of the skier.

It is with great regret that Bridger Bowl reports a fatality within the ski area boundary on February 16, 2021. A 21-year-old skier was reported missing this afternoon, a description was given, and a search ensued. Shortly thereafter, the missing skier was found by Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol in a tree well. Although found unresponsive, life-saving attempts were made.

This accident is a terribly unfortunate reminder that tree wells are an inherent risk of skiing and riding. Best practice is to ski and ride with a partner keeping them in sight, especially in deep snow. If someone is missing, call ski patrol immediately.

On behalf of all of us at Bridger Bowl, I would like to convey our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the loved one lost in this tragic incident,

Bridger Bowl General Manager Bob Petitt said.

This is a developing story will be updated when more information becomes available.

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