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Snowboarder dies at Steamboat Ski Area

22-year-old man fell into tree well

A 22-year-old Massachusetts man died Friday afternoon after falling headfirst into a tree well at the Steamboat Ski Area. It was the second snow-immersion death at the ski area in 10 days.

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Tree wells pose hidden danger

Deep or unstable snow can cause sudden, severe risks

Steamboat Springs snowboarder Dan Tullos knows firsthand how too much powder can quickly create a deadly situation. About this time last year, Tullos was cruising down the Priest Creek lift line at the Steamboat Ski Area when he dropped 15 or 20 feet off a rock. It almost cost him his life.

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