Burbank teen dies after accident at Ski Bluewood

Tri-City HeraldJanuary 26, 2014 

— A 14-year-old Burbank boy died Saturday after a snowboarding accident at Ski Bluewood near Dayton, a ski area spokeswoman said.

Hunter Conner was identified as the victim on the Columbia High School Associated Student Body Facebook page.

He was an eighth-grader at Columbia Middle School in Burbank.

Brandy Ream, a Bluewood spokeswoman, said in a statement that the ski patrol found the injured teen shortly after noon after receiving reports from other skiers that someone was hurt on the mountain.

Hunter was found at the top of Country Road run, a beginner trail. He was conscious and able to communicate his condition to the ski patrol, Ream said.

The ski patrol continued treatment until an ambulance arrived at 1:45 p.m., Ream said.

A Life Flight helicopter was requested, but it was unable to respond because of weather conditions. Columbia County Ambulance was summoned and took Hunter to Columbia County Hospital, where he later died.

No other details were available Sunday as to the cause of his death.

Lou Gates, superintendent of Columbia School District in Burbank, said he requested additional counselors from other school districts to be on hand today at the middle school to help comfort Hunter's classmates as they deal with the tragedy.

"This is a great loss to our school family and for Hunter's family," Gates said. "We'll also have members of the clergy available to talk to the kids if they want it."

Gates had no details about what caused Hunter's death after he took a tumble on his snowboard while on an outing with his family.

Columbia County Coroner Rea Culwell could not be reached Sunday.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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