Ski Instructor Dies While Intoxicated

Was skiing alone


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A ski instructor at Mt’s Hood Skibowl’s Timberline Lodge was discovered dead in a creek on Sunday after skiing away from a group of friends while intoxicated Saturday night.

Russell Tiffany, 23, had been drinking at a hut on the west boundary of the resort and decided to ski down the mountain alone. He planned to meet up with the group later but appeared intoxicated. He became disoriented and called friends for help. A group of campers at Mirror Lake tried to direct him to their campsite around 9 p.m., but he never showed up. It was the last time he was seen alive.

Tiffany was reported missing at 11 a.m. Sunday. Eight hours later, a search and rescue team found his body submerged in a creek near Mirror Lake.

Less than two weeks ago, a 26-year-old British man on a ski vacation in the French Alps met a similar fate when he went missing after setting out from one bar to another. His body was later found in a stream. That same week an Austrian survey revealed that one in five people have skied after consuming alcohol, and 29 percent of those were over the legal limit for driving.

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