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Skier who died has been identified as an MSU student

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Posted at 3:07 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 17:07:06-05

BOZEMAN — The skier who died at Bridger Bowl has been identified as Christine Johnson, a 21-year old woman from Wisconsin.

Johnson was a student at Montana State University.

Johnson was skiing with friends and ended up in a tree well, and died of blunt force injuries.

She was wearing a helmet according to a new release from Gallatin County Media Center.

(FEBRUARY 16) A 21-year-old skier died Tuesday within the ski area boundary at Bridger Bowl in Gallatin County.

Bridger Bowl released the following information on Tuesday evening:

It is with great regret that Bridger Bowl reports a fatality within the ski area boundary on February 16, 2021. A 21-year-old skier was reported missing this afternoon, a description was given, and a search ensued. Shortly thereafter, the missing skier was found by Bridger Bowl Ski Patrol in a tree well. Although found unresponsive, life-saving attempts were made.

This accident is a terribly unfortunate reminder that tree wells are an inherent risk of skiing and riding. Best practice is to ski and ride with a partner keeping them in sight, especially in deep snow. If someone is missing, call ski patrol immediately.

“On behalf of all of us at Bridger Bowl, I would like to convey our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the loved one lost in this tragic incident,” expressed General Manager Bob Petitt.

The name of the skier has not yet been released. We will update you when we get more information.