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Name Released in Whitefish Mountain Ski Death


We now know the name of the 54-year-old California man who died Saturday, January 11 while skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Officials say Douglas Spring was skiing with his son who lives in Kalispell in an ungroomed, forested area on the north side when he fell into a tree well and suffocated.

They say his son did not realize his dad fell until he got to the bottom.

Retracing their path, the son saw his father's skis sticking up out of the snow.

The Flathead County Sheriff's Department says they are finished investigating and no charges will be pressed.

Whitefish Mountain Resort said that they are still looking into the death. They also released this statement:

"Any death at our resort is a tragedy and felt deeply by the entire Whitefish Mountain Resort community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends affected by this tragedy.  

Among other hazards, tree wells and deep snow are inherent risks of skiing and snowboarding. Information about these and other hazards have been and will continue to be available on our website and posted on signage throughout the resort on a daily basis. An excellent resource for learning more about tree wells and deep snow safety is the website, which can be linked to from the tree well page of our website."

Spring's body has been sent to the state crime lab in Missoula.

Since 2010, this is the third person to fall into a tree well and die.

Just two weeks ago, the family of a German foreign exchange student who died in a tree well at Whitefish Mountain Resort in December 2010 filed a lawsuit against the Resort.

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