Woman dies after hitting tree at Snowmass

By Troy Hooper
Real AspenDecember 2, 2010
Kiera Tongish, a 22-year-old resident of Aspen, died after crashing into a tree at Snowmass on Thursday.

The young woman was on the intermediate Grey Wolf ski trail when she lost control and struck a tree at 1:41 p.m. An ambulance took her to Aspen Valley Hospital where she was pronounced dead. She was wearing a helmet.

Officials said Tongish was skiing with friends when the accident happened. She was employed by the Aspen Skiing Company but was not working at the time of her fall. She worked in ticketing and was a lift operator at Buttermilk.

“This is a shocking and tragic accident that deeply affects everyone in the company,” the Aspen Skiing Company said in a statement. “Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with her family and friends at this time.”

Tongish also worked at the Wienerstube.

"Kiera has worked with us at the Wienerstube the last two years and she was a very well liked and happy waitress," Wienerstube owner Harald Neuweg wrote in a message to Real Aspen on Friday. "We are all in shock. Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to her family and friends. We miss you Kiera! RIP."

Her Facebook profile indicates she graduated from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom in 2009, liked President Barack and Michelle Obama, the Aspen Institute and a "Democrats Abroad" group.

This is the first ski-related fatality to occur inside open in-bounds terrain of the 2010/2011 season in Colorado.

Kiera Tongish's picture on Facebook.

comments: 1 Comment on "Woman dies after hitting tree at Snowmass"

uptownandre – Dec. 03, 2010, at 1:55 a.m.

What a tragedy. Such a pretty young girl, in a total accident. My condolences.

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