Tragic Accidents Shake the Ski Community

Two pro skiers die in unrelated incidents

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The ski community is in mourning following the deaths of pro skiers Tom Warnick and Magnus Kastengren in unrelated accidents. With the ski season not yet in full force, the death of these top professional skiers comes as a shock.

Tom Warnick, a 22 year-old Boulder-based skier and star of Stept Productions, was found dead in his Boulder home Sunday night. The cause of death has yet to be determined. The Boulder police blotter offered little information: Police responded to an Unattended Death in the 2900 block of E. Aurora Ave. at 22:52. A 22-year-old male was found deceased in his home. Police and the Boulder County Coroner’s Office are investigating.

In response to the news of his death, Powder recognized Warnick for his wild energy and breathtaking style, which elevated him to the top of the underground ski world.

On the other side of the world, Magnus Kastengren, a 32-year-old Swedish skier, fell to his death on New Zealand's highest mountain on Sunday. Kastengren and his partner, Andreas Fransson, were climbing Mount Cook when Kastengren slipped and fell 600 meters to his death, according to The New Zealand Herald"One minute his partner was skiing behind him, and next minute he's looked back and he's gone," said a local authority. "Basically he slipped off and we don't know why." The two athletes were extremely accomplished high-altitude skiers and became the first to complete a ski descent of Mount Cook's east face early last week.

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