Skier dies after hitting tree at Sun Valley

Skier dies after hitting tree at Sun Valley

Credit: Tim Carter

A view from Sun Valley's Bald Mountain on December 1, 2012

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on March 16, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 6:14 AM

KETCHUM -- Central Idaho authorities say a 38-year-old Hailey woman died while skiing at Sun Valley Resort's Bald Mountain after apparently hitting a tree.

Authorities say other skiers found Melanie Kendall unconscious about 4 p.m. Wednesday near the Roundhouse Lane ski track.

Blaine County Coroner Russ Mikel tells the Idaho Mountain Express Kendall was skiing alone and there were no witnesses to what might have happened.

Ketchum Fire Department Chief Mike Elle says Sun Valley Ski Patrol and then paramedics attempted life-saving measures.

Mikel says Kendall never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center.

Sun Valley Resort spokesman Jack Sibbach says Kendall was wearing a helmet.

Mikel says an autopsy is planned but it will take at least eight weeks for results.

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