Popular Colorado teacher dies in snowboarding accident

Popular Colorado teacher dies in snowboarding accident

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Popular Colorado teacher dies in snowboarding accident

A beloved teacher and expert snowboarder died Tuesday after landing head-first while jumping from a cliff in a notorious backcountry region in Vail, Colorado.

Bindu Sky Pomeroy, 44, who taught social studies at the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy, sank deeply into the snow and was unconscious when others in his group reached him, according to the Vail Daily.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Department said in an afternoon statement, before Pomeroy had been identified as the victim, that the incident appeared to have been “a very unfortunate ski accident.”

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The accident, which remains under investigation, occurred at East Vail Chutes, on U.S. Forest Service land near Vail Ski Resort. In the past, other skiers and snowboarders have died in the same area, which is listed as out-of-bounds by Vail Ski Resort.

Bindu Sky Pomeroy was often referred to as “The Mayor of East Vail.”

Skier John Spriggs, who was first to reach Pomeroy, told the Vail Daily:

“Bindu had an infectious energy that kept everyone around him excited to be on the mountain and especially in the backcountry. Of all the people I know who ride East Vail he had probably the most experience in that area.

“He also knew the risks. Bindu was last in our group to hit a large cliff, he landed head-first and sunk into the snow. Our group estimates it was about seven minutes before we were able to reach him; we performed CPR for the next hour but were unable to revive him.

“I hope the sad circumstances surrounding his death can be a reminder to others of how quickly a situation can turn tragic in the backcountry. But I also hope his loved ones can take comfort in the fact that he died doing what he loved most, and had been incredibly happy in the moments leading up to his death.”

Pomeroy was often referred to as “The Mayor of East Vail,” because of his popularity on and off the slopes.

Wada Hill, principal at the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy, is quoted as saying, “We have lost a great teacher, colleague and one of the kindest, good-hearted guys I’ve ever known.

“Bindu taught at VSSA for close to a decade and was always focused on making VSSA a great place to learn. Bindu was also incredibly passionate about his community and giving back to the place he loved.”

A celebration of Bindu Pomeroy’s life will be held Friday from 3-5 p.m. at the Vail Nordic Center. Services are scheduled for Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at Crist Mortuary in Boulder.

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