UO student, 19, dies on Mt. Bachelor after falling into tree well

Update at 4:21 p.m.: Nicole Panet-Raymond was a sophomore studying at the Robert D. Clark Honors College. For more information on tree wells and skiing safety, visit

A University of Oregon student died while skiing at Mt. Bachelor on Friday. According to a press release put out by the resort, ski patrol received a report Friday afternoon that 19-year-old Nicole Panet-Raymond became separated from her friends while skiing. Panet-Raymond was a sophomore studying at the Robert D. Clark Honors College. 

Mt. Bachelor Ski Patrol and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue found her in a tree well located near the White Bark Run around 8:30 p.m Friday. According to KTVZ, Deschutes County Sheriff’s SAR said that “cell phone analytics” played a role in locating Panet-Raymond.

Mt. Bachelor says that she was pronounced dead at the scene, but the sheriff’s office is investigating the incident.

A snowboarder also died Friday afternoon after falling into a tree well. Rescue workers performed CPR on the man after being found, and he was pronounced dead at 1:14 p.m., according to the press release.

The Emerald will continue to report on this story as it develops.

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