A Skier Death At Stowe, Vermont

03/04/2020 Update--

The name of the victim has been released by the Vermont State Police. Andrew Hryb, age 36 of Darien, CT was identified as the man who died. The other skier is the victim's brother, Alexander Hryb, age 35 from Norwalk, CT.

The investigation has shown that the men did indeed ski off-trail and had gone out of bounds int he woods at Stowe Mountain Resort, according to an updated press release from the Vermont State Police. The two men traveled an estimated 1.5 to 2 miles from the Sensation Quad lift at Spruce Peak through the woods before coming across an ice climbing route known as Doug's Route. While trying to look over the edge of the approximately 220-foot cliff, Andrew Hryb lost his footing and fell to his death.

The investigation has determined that Hryb's death was accidental and the injuries were consistent with having fallen from the cliff.

This past Saturday, February 29, was a dark day for Stowe Mountain Resort as one skier died after leaving the inbounds area of the mountain.

According to a press release from the Vermont State Police, a 911 call was received at the Williston Barracks at just after 6:30 that evening. The call reported two skiers had become lost after going off-trail at Stowe and that one had fallen from a cliff and was injured.

A search operation began with members of the Vermont State Police, Stowe Mountain Rescue, Colchester Technical Rescue, Cambridge Fire Department and several members of the Army Mountain Warfare School. After two hours the search party was able to locate the missing skiers.

One of the skiers, a 36-year-old male from Connecticut was found dead at the base of a cliff. The other skier, age 35, male, and also from Connecticut, was also found. The second skier was uninjured and was taken out of the woods by rescue personnel.

Both skiers were reported to be avid skiers and were familiar with Stowe Mountain Resort.

The names of both skiers have been withheld pending notification of the next of kin. The specific cause of death is still unknown, but an autopsy will be scheduled for a later date. Currently, investigators do not believe the death to be suspicious.

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