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Skier Who Died in Alaska Crevasse Fall Identified

The experienced skier and climber was from Ouray, according to a statement released by the park

A skier from Colorado died after falling into a crevasse on a glacier in Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve, the park said Tuesday.

In a press release, the parks noted that mountaineering rangers on Monday received a report from a satellite communication device that a skier had fallen into a crevasse. The skier’s partner could not see or communicate with them, who the park identified as Mason Stansfield, age 28, of Ouray, Colorado.

One of the rangers who responded to the call was lowered into the crevasse and reached Stansfield about 30 metres below the glacier’s surface, the release states. The ranger said the skier had died in the fall.

Stansfield’s partner, who was not injured, was taken to Talkeetna and Stansfield’s remains were recovered later Monday, the release stated. Maureen Gualtieri, a spokesperson for the park, said the accident occurred on a tributary glacier that flows into the main Eldridge Glacier.

In a photo from last week, Stansfield can be seen skiing with pro skiers Eric Larson, Chris Davenport and others. Our condolences to Stansfield’s family and friends.