BEND, Ore. -- A skier is dead after falling into a tree well at Mt. Bachelor Friday - the third death on the mountain in the last 12 months.
The identiy of the skier has not been released. Resort officials say the male skier was found unresponsive in an experts-only area. Ski patrol members tried to resuscitate him, but were not successful.
This death comes almost exactly one year after two people died on the same day on Mt. Bachelor. A 24-year-old snowboarder and a 19-year-old skier died when they fell into tree wells.
Trees wells result from low branches creating a ring of snow around trees. When skiers get near them, they often fall in becoming trapped and suffocaate.
According to the Northwest Avalanche Center, there have been five tree well deaths in the state of Oregon since 2001. Two of these deaths happened last month - a snowboarder at Timberline and a skier at Mt. Ashland.