Tree Well Fatality at Mount Bachelor

Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office

On 03-01-2019, at about 3 PM, Deschutes County 911 received a call from Mount Bachelor of a skier found in a tree well west of the Northwest Chairlift.  The skier was unresponsive and ski patrol was attempting to resuscitate the skier with CPR.  The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Fire Department, Sunriver Fire Department, and US Forest Service Law Enforcement responded to the scene.  A LifeFlight helicopter was dispatched to the scene, but had to turn back due to weather conditions. 

The skier was identified as 53 year old Kenneth Brundidge of Oregon City, OR.  It was determined that Brundidge was skiing with companions in the area west of the Sparks Lake Run.  Brundidge was an experienced skier. They became separated and after a short time of looking for him, notified Mount Bachelor Ski Patrol who started searching for Brundidge.  A short time later, Brundidge was found by another skier who flagged down ski patrol and resuscitation efforts were started, but were ultimately unsuccessful.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office encourages skiers and snowboarders to use extreme caution in deep snow and ungroomed terrain.  We encourage skiers to maintain sight of their companions at all times, give trees a wide berth, and carry appropriate equipment.  More information can be found at

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency providing patrol, criminal investigations, jail operations, civil and search and rescue. Special operations include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 units. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.
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