Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Levi Sage Krukowski who suffered fatal injuries while snowboarding at Mt. Hood Meadows Monday. Words can not express how deeply sorry we are for their loss. Losing a loved one is especially tragic with one so young, just 18 years old. People ski and snowboard to recreate and celebrate. The news of a death on the mountain comes unexpectedly and shockingly.
Family members said Tuesday they are devastated. Levi began snowboarding in 2004. Family members said he loved adventure, had a zest for life and lived to snowboard. It saddens us to lose someone who shared such passion for the sport. Levi’s death affects all of us at the mountain.
For the second time this season we post a blog addressing such unfortunate news. In this case it is especially tragic, as Levi’s last run led him under a closed area rope and ultimately over a waterfall.
This story underscores why the rules of the responsibility code are so important to know and abide by. In this case, rule #6 - “Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas,” may have prevented this devastating loss.
Part of the attraction of this sport is pushing personal limits to increase our abilities and explore new and exciting terrain. But one boundary that should never be crossed is a rope line marking closed territory.
On behalf of the entire Meadows family we extend our thoughts and prayers to Levi’s family.
With our deepest sympathy,
-- Meadows Team
KGW Newschannel 8 Coverage of the accident