Colorado Springs middle school teacher dies in skiing accident on Pikes Peak

Marco Green
March 20, 2017

Middle School teacher dies in skiing.

A 48-year-old Colorado Springs woman who fell while skiing on Pikes Peak died Sunday, the Teller County Sheriff's Office said, the latest death on a mountain whose steep chutes, ice and avalanches can make it extremely unsafe even for experts.

The victim was identified as Rachel Dewey, 48, from Colorado Springs.

Teller County authorities said Dewey lost control and fell 1,000 feet to her death.

Dewey lost control near the bottom of the Little Italy Couloir trail run, which is labeled as hard and black diamond, near Glen Cove at about 11,500 feet, the sheriff's office said.

The woman was skiing with her family on the Little Italy Couloir Trail when she fell. Dewey's husband told police his wife was an advanced skier.

The family had been skiing in the area for several hours before the accident happened.

In response, Banning Lewis canceled all classes Monday.

Dewey's husband and three sons stayed with her and provided first aid until rescue workers arrived, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. Grief counselors will also be on hand there for students and faculty as well.

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