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Jan 9, 2011 1:09 AM by Laura Wilson (KAJ News)

Details, name released in fatal Big Mountain accidents

WHITEFISH - A Northwest Montana snowboarder died at Whitefish Mountain Resort after being trapped in a tree well on Saturday.

Authorities say that 29-year-old Scott Allen Meyer of Kalispell was found in-bounds by the Big Mountain Ski Patrol at around 7:30 Saturday night, several hours after friends had reported him missing.

He was transported, unresponsive, to Kalispell Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Deputy Coroner Jordan White says his initial findings suggest the snowboarder was wearing the appropriate safety equipment.

The 29-year-old was snowboarding alone at the time of the accident, although he had come up to the resort that day with other friends.

Whitefish Mountain Resort officials also reported an additional fatal accident on the mountain Saturday, but this one may have been health-related.

A 68-year-old skier was found unconscious by two Whitefish Mountain Resort employees at the bottom of Ed's Run just before 1:00 p.m.

The man still had a faint heartbeat, so one of the employees performed CPR on him, until Big Mountain Ski Patrol arrived.

The skier was then transported to North Valley Hospital at 1:15 p.m., and pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.

Meyer worked as a probation and parole officer for the State of Montana.

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