Fatal Tree Impact at Crested Butte

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 16, 2012 1:37 pm

In what is shaping up to be one of the most deadly ski seasons in recent memory, tragedy has hit the slopes once again as Matthew Bowers, a 36-year-old from Greenville, Texas, reportedly died on Wednesday while skiing at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

Reports indicate that Bowers was skiing on Crested Butte’s Lower Gallowich run at around 10:35 am when he collided with a tree. Eyewitness accounts describe the skier traveling at a high rate of speed when the impact occurred, and he was not wearing a helmet. No other skiers or snowboarders were involved in the crash. Crested Butte Ski Patrol members were alerted and responded to the scene immediately. After an hour of unsuccessful resuscitation it was clear to patrolmen that Bowers would not regain any signs of life. The body was transported to the Crested Butte Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

“This is a tragic accident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the gentleman who passed away today,” said Erica Reiter, public relations and communications manager for CBMR.  

Gunnison County coroner Frank Vader told the Gunnison Country Times the cause of death was “multiple traumatic injuries.”

This sad news comes after learning that a 71-year-old skier named Joseph Shematek, a resident of Windsor, passed away at St. Anthony’s Hospital. Shematek had injured himself earlier in the week while skiing Loveland Ski Area.