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Body of missing skier found at Lost Trail

The body of a Corvallis skier who was last seen at Lost Trail Powder Mountain on Dec. 22 has been found.

Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman said in a news release the body of 65-year-old Bart Pickard was found by a ski instructor on the south side of the mountain Saturday afternoon.

Pickard’s body was discovered near the Meadows Trail about 3:30 p.m. Members of the Ravalli County Search and Rescue team responded to the scene and worked with ski patrol to recover the body.

Hoffman said high winds in the area swept away some of the snow that was covering Pickard, and the ski instructor saw some of his ski equipment. Pickard was found in a tree well beneath about 4 feet of snow.

The body has been taken to the state Crime Lab in Missoula to determine the cause of death.

Search and rescue personnel spent two days at Lost Trail last month after Pickard was reported missing, ending their efforts on Christmas Eve after consulting with the skier’s family.img_4743.jpg

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