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Jonathan Belle posts about skiing at Copper Mountain, dies soon thereafter

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Big photos, video below.
Early yesterday morning, Jonathan Belle posted an item on his Facebook page. "Bout to get shreddy," he wrote -- adding after a smiling emoticon, "feeling stoked at Copper Mountain."

Mere hours later, Belle died on the Copper Mountain slopes.

Belle's loved ones are understandably distraught by this terrible tragedy, but heartened that he was doing something he loved at the end. Photos, video and details below.

This winter has been a deadly one in Colorado's backcountry, with avalanches taking the lives of far too many of those venturing beyond traditional resorts -- including a skier who died near Conejos Peak earlier this month.

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A Colorado Avalanche Information Center photo of a La Plata Mountains avalanche that swept away a snowmobiler last week.
In contrast, there have been fewer casualties on ski area property this year than last. Our last post on the topic, published February 10, noted that a fatality at Keystone was the fourth in-bounds death of the season.

Still, skiing brings with it risks even on so-called beginner's courses such as Copper Mountain's Vein Glory, where, according to the Summit Daily, Belle suffered his fatal accident.

Here's a video of the run circa 2010.

Skiing was clearly important to Belle, whose Facebook photo gallery includes several pics of him ready to hit the slopes, including this one....

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...in addition to more traditional shots:

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Also featured is the image of a new tattoo....

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...accompanied by this description: "First ink. Many more to come."

Unfortunately, Belle's plans were interrupted at about 9:30 a.m. yesterday, when he reportedly struck a tree. Emergency responders rushed to the scene, but they couldn't save Belle, who was pronounced dead at the ski area clinic a short time later.

He had struck a tree and wasn't wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

Here's a Facebook post that captures the feelings of those Belle left behind:

Even though you're gone, I'm glad that you were excited, happy and doing something you love right before you left. Rest in peace brother, miss you a ton!!! Sucks not being able to say goodbye, sucks knowing my future kids won't get to grow up knowing Uncle Johnny.
Our condolences to Belle's friends and loved ones.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our News archive circa February 10: "Videos: Keystone death marks fourth official ski-resort casualty of season."


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59 comments
Ricky Charles
Ricky Charles

I met and blazed down with john the day before he died actually, what a terrible tragedy. I think that people should keep the 'this isnt news comments' to themselves out of respect for the victim. Maybe it isnt that notable in the grand scheme of things but the view statistics will show the paper that, not some inconsiderate ass on facebook.

Raymond R. Martinez
Raymond R. Martinez

I don't understand why you guys repost articles two and three times...I shall now delete you.

LindaLee Law
LindaLee Law

I am in my 60's I say if you can die doing what you love then be glad.

Kraig Conkin
Kraig Conkin

I think I missed the part where this is news.

Jan Reece
Jan Reece

Another tragedy of someone so young, it could be any one of us, any day of the week & i hope everyone contemplates that fact.

Jonathan A. Sanchez
Jonathan A. Sanchez

Even though I didn't know the Belle's personally, I want to pay My respects to the Family. As We know what you are going through, We lost My little Brother on December 12, 2012 suddenly He was 39. My prayers and thought are with you.

Tyler Horick Dalk
Tyler Horick Dalk

In related news, a boarder over dosed on "gnarly powder" today as well...

Tyler Horick Dalk
Tyler Horick Dalk

God, please make sure my last remembered words don't involve "shreddy." Or "gnar" for that matter.

Alec Revelle
Alec Revelle

Thank you Jordan. Take a look in the mirror Bradley.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

Amber Rae Schultes
Amber Rae Schultes

Rest In Paradise!! All jokes aside, what an EPIC last status. Way to make your words be heard forever!! So tragic yet so epically amazing at the same time!! I hope he had an AMAZING time!!

Katie Sams
Katie Sams

I really don't know why the Westward insists on posting personal pictures from Facebook. I know that it's the internet, but it's incredibly disrespectful. Have some respect for privacy.

Diane Newlin-Riolo
Diane Newlin-Riolo

that is really sad. A little boy by the name of Tristan Bartlett died on that same run last year. He hit a tree. No helmet. Not saying the helmet would have helped...depends how fast you are going and where and how hard you hit the tree, etc. Not sure if anyone else has hurt themselves on that same run but seems kinda strange. Probably just a coincidence. Lots of deaths last year on the slopes. Hopefully, not as many this year. RIP Jonathan.

Jon Sakas
Jon Sakas

Ban the shreddy... its too real... the shreddy is real.

Xander Tailor
Xander Tailor

That's what happens when you use a word like "shreddy"

Clark Schiring
Clark Schiring

"Unfortunately, Belle's plans were interrupted..." this article's smart-ass tone would sure piss me off if I knew this guy.

Matt Williams
Matt Williams

Awww another life lost to shreddy. Sad face. Not good to mix. I hope people learn from this.

Carlos Luis Padilla
Carlos Luis Padilla

Dude does not look like me, you are tripping Mustafa Malik Tvrtkovic !!!!!!!!!!

Kathleen Arroyo
Kathleen Arroyo

Nice wan Jordan :) condolences to this guy. Sad story.

Brian Bommer
Brian Bommer

Thoughts and prayers go out to Jon's family. When I first started reading this article couldn't help notice he wasn't wearing a helmet, not good. Helmets and your board save lives when tree riding

Alec Revelle
Alec Revelle

you need to shut it down Jordan, you are basically coming across as a complete douche...

Jordan Snyder
Jordan Snyder

The person who can't distinguish satire from real perspective is calling ME a moron :)

Nealey Politano
Nealey Politano

this is awful!.. this is why I wear a helmet Carlos Guerra!!

Jordan Snyder
Jordan Snyder

It's not sarcasm, it's satire, and I'm genuinely sorry if I offended any one. But I'm a ski(snowboard) bum, and if I go out this way, keep the comments humorous and light. If you get too serious I'll come back from the dead and delete your comments.

Katie Ellise
Katie Ellise

RIP. May your soul always be in the mountains and may your heart always be with your loved ones

Justin Pearce
Justin Pearce

It never said once in the article he was on any type of drug or alcohol Jordan Snyder

Shauna Stenzel
Shauna Stenzel

Weather you are being sarcastic or you really think shreddy is a drug.... you are an ASS Jordan Snyder! Have a little respect!

Elizabeth Rowan
Elizabeth Rowan

I'm sorry for his family's loss. I feel that this article is morbid though as it contrasts his Facebook posts for the future (why am I being shown this? It's personal.) with his untimely death.

tjcrumsey
tjcrumsey

That was his Mom's birth and death dates. She died when he was 5.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... really don't know why people are STUPID enough to post their private matters and personal photos on Failbook for any idiot in the world to see, copy and paste.

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