A Denver woman died apparently from injuries suffered in a fall at Silverton Mountain Saturday, according to multiple sources. The young woman was on a guided ski tour within bounds when, according to a San Juan County Sheriff’s Department report, she slid some 1,500 feet down the Riff Run. The accident reportedly took place shortly after 10 a.m.
Silverton Mountain Ski Area runs guided powder skiing tours as well as helicopter tours. The area has no groomed or cut trails, and the capacity on the mountain is limited to 80 persons a day. Each person on the slopes is issued avalanche equipment including a shovel, beacon and probe, according to the ski area’s website.
The victim had moved to Denver in 2009 and was described by friends as an avid skier. News reports say that emergency personnel attempted to revive Owens at the scene but could not.