Vermont- It’s been a sad week at Stowe, as a skier was found dead in the backcountry on Tuesday.

On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., the Stowe Police Department was notified of a missing skier. The search and rescue operation was conducted by Stowe Mountian Rescue, the Stowe Police Department, and Vermont’s State Search and Rescue Coordinator. Unfortunately, the skier was found dead. NBC 5 reports that the body was found in a backcountry glade area above the Upper Perry Merrill trail at Stowe Mountain Resort. The cause of death is being determined by the state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

In response to this tragedy, Stowe Mountain Rescue advised that those who venture out of bounds should only ski terrain they’re comfortable with, tell family and friends about their plans, have the proper emergency equipment and medical supplies, and reach out for help if they need it.

It’s since been discovered that the victim was Brooks Ralph. The individual was a 27-year-old male who worked for Hunter Point Capital in New York City. Hunter Point Capital issued the following statement to the New York Post:

“The entire Hunter Point Capital team is devastated by the tragic loss of our colleague and friend Brooks Ralph, who will be dearly missed. We extend our deepest condolences to Brooks’ family and loved ones.” 

Image Credits: Stowe Mountain Rescue

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