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Another death at Crystal

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Anyone know this man?
Skier, 66, dies at Crystal Mountain

Published: April 7th, 2007 01:00 AM

James Mitchell, 66, died Friday while skiing at Crystal Mountain. Based on preliminary medical examination and information provided by witnesses, Crystal officials concluded Mitchell suffered a medical emergency, lost consciousness and fell while skiing.
The Pierce County medical examiner identified the skier but hadn’t determined a cause of death Friday night. Mitchell’s hometown was unavailable.
According to Paul Baugher, Crystal’s ski patrol director, several skiers riding up the mountain on the Rainier Express chairlift noticed a man who appeared unconscious sliding down a ski run about 10 a.m. and reported it by cell phone.
The ski patrol, a paramedic and emergency medical technicians found Mitchell unresponsive on the slope. They performed CPR and advanced life-support protocols without success. Mitchell was pronounced dead on the scene at 10:52 a.m.
Baugher said Mitchell was a Crystal Mountain regular who had spent two previous days on the mountain this week.
He was skiing alone on a steep slope under the Rainier Express lift, an area known as Breakover. Witnesses said he made a turn and then collapsed, Baugher said.
Baugher said he got four cell phone calls in succession reporting a motionless body sliding under the chair. The snow was soft, Baugher said, and Mitchell likely could have stopped himself if he had been conscious.
Baugher said the medical team responded as if to a trauma, but when members arrived the injuries seemed more consistent with a cardiac incident.
A helicopter responded to the scene but wasn’t used because Mitchell was declared dead on the mountain.
This was the second fatality at the ski area this season. Ty Pederson, a 36-year-old skier from Sumner, collapsed and died because of a medical issue on Jan. 22.
Another skier, Stan Quande, an experienced 54-year-old skier from Burien, died in an avalanche on a slope behind the ski area Feb. 24.
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I don't know him. when i heard it on the news a couple of days ago I thight heart attack!

Really sad.

Stan Quande, the gentlemen killed in the avalanche on the backside of powder bowl was a friend of mine. My sons raced for many years with his son and daughter and we spent many days at races.

Stan's best friend who was with him is also a very good friend! Reallytragic. Stan was a great guy!!
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I didn't know Stan well, actually talked more with T.
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