This story is from a Portland TV station broadcast on Tuesday:
Missing Snowboarder Died After Falling into Hole
March 5, 2002, 05:00 PM
By Jim Parker, kgw.com Staff
The state medical examiner has determined that a missing snowboarder on Mt. Bachelor died after falling into a tree well.
Kate Svitek, 22, "became uncounscious and asphyxiated," according to the death investigation report.
Ski Patrolers recovered her body on the northwest side of Mt. Bachelor Monday.
Officials said the body was found about on steep, icy terrain about 300 feet from where Svitek's friends last saw her. The Ski Patrol said it was a difficult recovery because
she was covered with about ten feet of snow.
Svitek, a Mt. Bachelor employee, was last seen Feb. 9 while snowboarding on the mountain. Her disappearance touched off a week-long unsuccessful search involving
dozens of volunteers and search and rescue crews.
Monday, due to warming conditions, the tip of Svitek?s snowboard was exposed. That allowed ski patrollers, who routinely search the area, to see it.
"It appears as though she caught an edge, on the snowboard, fell into the tree well and it appears as though a pretty substantial block of snow and ice landed on top of her
snowboard," said Deschutes County Sheriff Les Stiles.
There have been several similar cases at other resorts around the country where a snowboarder "fell head-first in the snow and essentially smothers and suffocates," Stiles