A skier was found dead on Dec. 28 at Jackson Hole, Wyo. According to the Jackson Hole Daily, Marc Krantz was found unconscious and “inverted in the snow” about 3:10 p.m. at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. He was given CPR at the scene and taken to St John’s Clinic in Teton Village, Wyo., where he was pronounced dead around 3:50 p.m., the newspaper reported.

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident. Krantz of Pepper Pike, Ohio, was found unconscious alongside the Brush Alley run near the Sweetwater triple chairlift at Jackson Hole at about 3:10 p.m. Sunday. He was found upside down in the snow, but not buried, in an area that had not avalanched. Ski Patrol and a doctor performed CPR before he was transported to the St. John’s Clinic in Teton Village, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Krantz was on the mountain with family but “was skiing alone when he had his mishap,” Hodges tells the newspaper. He was found about 3:10 p.m. by skiers in Brush Alley “in somewhat of an inverted position,” Hodges says. “They had to pull him from the snow.”

An autopsy revealed no trauma to the body, according to the report. Hodges says Krantz’s body was found “in a fairly steep ravine … in powdery snow.” Hodges says no reason was immediately apparent why Krantz stayed face down after he fell. The autopsy report concluded that he died of asphyxiation.

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