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A pair of skiers line up next to a tree well warning sign as they wait to load the Morningside lift Wednesday afternoon at Steamboat Ski Area.

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Awareness week to promote education after this month’s tree well death

As ski areas across Colorado gear up for National Safety Awareness Week, which started Saturday and runs through Friday, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has a special interest in promoting tree well safety and is finding new ways to educate skiers. An Arapahoe Basin Ski and Snowboard Area instructor, Grace Lynn McNeil, was found dead in a tree well Jan. 6 at the bottom of Chute 3 at Steamboat Ski Area. In January 2008, two other skiers died in the natural hazards.

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