CU-Boulder student’s body found in tree well at Wolf Creek

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 10, 2009 4:02 pm

The body of a 22-year-old University of Colorado student was found at the Wolf Creek Ski Area in Pagosa Springs, CO on Wednesday.

Alex Singer, a senior from Chappaqua, NY, bought a half-day ticket to the ski resort Tuesday, and Coroner Charles Downing believes he never made it down the mountain. 

Downing said, “His car stayed in the parking lot all night long.”

On Wednesday, another skier found Singer buried head-first in an apparent tree well, said Downing. 

Tree wells can form when deep snow (such as from the recent storm that brought four feet) becomes piled up around the trunk of a tree. The snow is loose enough that it can become easy for a skier to fall in and become unable to be freed, particularly in the event they are skiing alone.

Downing ruled the cause of Singer’s death to be suffocation and hypothermia.

Singer was training in his spare time from school to become a ski patroller at Copper Mountain. At the time of the accident, Singer was in-bounds, on an ungroomed trail.