A Denver woman died apparently from injuries suffered in a fall at Silverton Mountain Saturday, according to multiple sources.
Ski area officials are not commenting on a San Juan County Sheriff’s Department report that Sydney Elizabeth Owens, 25, died after sliding some 1,500 feet down the Riff Run during a guided ski tour at Silverton Mountain. The accident reportedly took place shortly after 10 a.m.
News reports say that emergency personnel attempted to revive Owens at the scene but could not.
Silverton Mountain Ski Area runs guided powder skiing and riding off the top of its lone lift and via 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.
Owens, a native of Charlotte, N.C., moved to Denver in 2009 after graduating from the University of Virginia. An avid skier, she had been planning a trip to Silverton for some time.