2 snowboarders dead in separate incidents in Flathead County - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

2 snowboarders dead in separate incidents in Flathead County

Posted: Dec 31, 2017 9:38 PM Updated:

Two snowboarders died in separate accidents on Saturday in Flathead County.  

According to Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry, the first incident occurred in Lakeside off of Blacktail road.

The skier, identified as Conner Heidegger from Rollins, was out of bounds and some distance from the ski resort.

Curry said Heidegger, 22 years old, was snowboarding with a friend when he intentionally attempted a jump off a cliff and died from blunt force trauma.

He died at the scene and his body was recovered Saturday afternoon by volunteers from Flathead Search & Rescue, Somers Lakeside Fire Department, and Blacktail Ski Patrol. 

In an unrelated incident, Robert Hornstra, a 28-year-old Alberta man, was snowboarding with friends at Whitefish Mountain Resort when he became separated from his group.

He had been snowboarding with friends in the “Sling Shot” area of Hellroaring Basin, within the resort boundaries, when they became separated from him.

Flathead Search & Rescue found Hornstra’s body on Sunday upside down in a tree well. 

We will update you if we get more information.

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