The son of former University of Illinois interim chancellor and vice president, Robert Easter, has died in a snowboarding accident. He died last Tuesday after being found unconscious by other skiers at the Steamboat Ski Resort on Monday. The individuals performed CPR until ski patrol arrived at the scene. He was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center, then flown to a Denver hospital.
Aaron Easter was snowboarding alone and was found in a snow depression that was marked as hazardous. A snow depression occurs when snow gathers on top of a wetland area. He was found slightly off trail at the intersection of the Quickdraw and Buckshot trails in the “Sunshine Bowl” area of the resort.
Aaron’s father Robert Easter is currently acting as interim vice chancellor for research, but has also worked closely with the College of ACES, as a professor and former dean. He was the interim chancellor from 2009 until the middle of last semester.
The family released a statement late Tuesday through Denver Health Medical Center: “The Easter family is grateful to the ski patrol and the personnel at Yampa Valley Medical Center for their effort and care. They would also like to encourage that when engaged in outdoor sports, to do it with a partner.”
So many deaths on the slopes could be prevented if the victim receives immediate help. Falling into a snow depression or tree well is often fatal if another skier or snowboarder is not close by to help extricate the fallen. No matter your age or your level of skill, you should always have a partner on the slopes.