Skier found dead on Mt. Hood after drinking episode

Skier found dead on Mt. Hood after drinking episode

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by KGW Staff

KTVB.COM

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 2:35 PM

MOUNT HOOD, Ore. -- Searchers found a missing Mount Hood skier dead Sunday night west of the Ski Bowl resort, police said.

The 23-year-old man was submerged in a creek when crews found him. The man had been with a group of skiers who were drinking at a hut Saturday night, according to Deputy Marcus Mendoza of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

The man reportedly decided to head down the mountain alone but became disoriented and called a friend. They made plans to meet up, but he didn't make it.

"Be aware of where you're at" Mendoza said. "Know your limitations if you're not familiar with a particular area. Maybe the best thing to do is ski sober. If you're not familiar with the particular area, stay in bounds."

The skier was last seen by a group of campers at Mirror Lake, Mendoza said. The campers said they called the man over to their camp, but he disappeared.

Searchers were notified Sunday morning that the man was missing.

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