Skier dies in fall at Silverton

A Denver woman died Saturday in a skiing accident at Silverton Mountain Ski Area.

Sydney Elizabeth Owens, 25, was skiing “Riff Run” as part of a guided ski tour by Silverton Mountain employees when she fell and slid approximately 1,500 feet before coming to a rest, said San Juan County Undersheriff Kristine Burns.

The accident took place at 10:06 a.m. during Owens’ first run of the day, Burns said.

Emergency personnel from the ski area arrived immediately to assist Owens but were unable to revive her, Burns said.

The ski area is for expert skiers. It has no groomed runs or cut trails. Skiers are required to carry avalanche equipment including a shovel, beacon and probe. The ski area also offers heli-skiing tours.