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Teen snowboarder dies at Oregon ski resort

December 23, 2010 |  2:35 pm

A 15-year-old snowboarder died Wednesday at Oregon's Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort after being
found facedown in the snow.

The unidentified male, from Portland, Ore., was discovered Wednesday night near the North Canyon trail by members of the resorts ski patrol, who were clearing the slopes after the lifts closed. After beginning resuscitation efforts, they transported the snowboarder to a resort medical clinic, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

According to the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office, the victim was with family members at the resort, though there were no witnesses to what happened.

The cause of death is still undetermined and is under investigation by the county medical examiner's office, however the victim was not wearing a helmet when found.

The Oregonian reports that this is the fourth snowboarder to die at Mt. Hood Meadows this year -- the most ever for that duration.

-- Kelly Burgess