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A skier died while skiing at Bridger Bowl on Tuesday, according to a news release from the ski area.

The 21-year-old was reported missing on Tuesday afternoon. The Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol found the missing skier unresponsive in a tree well shortly after they were reported missing. The patrol made life-saving attempts after finding the skier but were not successful.

A tree well is the space around the base of a tree that doesn’t receive as much snow as the surrounding area because of the branches, creating a hole.

“On behalf of all of us at Bridger Bowl, I would like to convey our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the loved one lost in this tragic incident,” said Bridger Bowl General Manager Bob Petitt in the release.

A spokesperson for Bridger Bowl said Wednesday that there were no further details that could be released.

The person’s name has not been released.

According to police reports, a coroner was called to the ski area around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoon for an unresponsive woman in a tree well. A chaplain was also called to the scene roughly an hour later.

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