2 killed on Mt. Bachelor on Friday
The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office identifies the two victims as Alfonso Braun — a 24-year-old snowboarder from Bend — and 19-year-old skier Nicole Panet-Raymond of Eugene.
Panet-Raymond was a sophomore at the University of Oregon, according to the Daily Emerald student newspaper.
Deschutes County Sheriff's deputies told local TV station KTVZ that "cell phone forensics" played a role in locating her.
"Our entire mountain community is shocked and saddened," said John McLeod, Mt. Bachelor's president and general manager. "To have two unrelated incidents in the same day is unthinkable. We are heartbroken and our deepest condolences go out to the affected families and friends."
Panet-Raymond was reported missing around 3:30 p.m after her friends noticed she was missing.
Search and Rescue teams located her around 8:30 p.m. in a tree well near the White Bark run by Cloudchaser lift. Authorities say it's an intermediate skill level course. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Around noon on Friday, Braun was found in a tree well in the West Bowls, a high-skill area located close to the Northwest lift. Ski patrol performed CPR and transported the 24-year-old to the Village basecamp.
Braun was found buried head-first in about six feet of snow, according to KTVZ. EMTs pronounced him dead at 1:14 p.m.
A tree well is a hollow area of loose snow that wraps around the trunk of a tree. The last fatality caused by a tree well on Mt. Bachelor was in 2002, according to a news release.