A 20-year-old Las Vegas man was identified as the snowboarder who died in an accident at Mount Charleston on Tuesday.
The Clark County Coroner's Office said Christopher Jeffery Ruby died of blunt trauma to the chest as a result of an accident.
According to Las Vegas Metro police, Ruby suffered injuries in Lee Canyon before 3 p.m. and was taken to University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Kevin Stickelman, president and general manager of Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort, issued the following statement to FOX5 Tuesday evening:
"The entire staff of Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort is devastated by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family and friends. We are respecting their privacy during this very difficult time."
Ruby's friend told FOX5 that he was on a snowboarding trip with his father when the accident occurred. Staff at the ski resort said Ruby and his family are regulars there and are skilled boarders.
"When you put speed together with the physics of snowboarding, the body can't survive certain injuries," Stickelman said.
Stickelman said Ruby didn't hit any rocks or trees when he fell on an intermediate run called The Strip.
"He was on a marked trail. He was not wearing a helmet. Not everyone wears a helmet, and I'm not sure if it would have prevented that," Stickelman said. "It's not unsafe, just an unfortunate accident with a really tragic outcome."
This was the first death caused by an accident involving snowboarding or skiing in the resort's 51 years of operation.
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