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Middle school teacher dies in skiing accident on Pikes Peak

Middle School teacher dies in skiing...

TELLER COUNTY, Colo. - A woman was killed in a skiing accident Sunday afternoon on the Little Italy Couloir trail at the top of Pikes Peak.

The victim was identified as Rachel Dewey, 48, from Colorado Springs. Dewey was a middle school social studies teacher at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy.

"The victim was skiing with her husband and her three teenage boys when she fell approximately 1,000 feet to her death," said commander Mark Morlock with the Teller County Sheriff's Office.

Officials say she lost control toward the bottom of the run near Glen Cove. The area is located past mile marker 11 on Pikes Peak Highway, at an elevation of approximately 11,500 feet. 

The Little Italy ski run is labeled as difficult and a black diamond and is one of several runs on the mountain. Dewey's husband told police his wife was an advanced skier.

"Were told that the victim and the entire family were all experienced skiers. It's a very unfortunate, tragic accident," Morlock said.

The family had been skiing in the area for several hours before the accident happened.

"The family did attempt to do CPR, however she was deceased when units arrived," Morlock said.

Banning Lewis Ranch Academy will be closed Monday morning and grief counselors will be on hand for students.

Resources are also available to help students.

Parents can call the Aspen Pointe Crisis Line (719) 635-7000 and the Crisis Hot-Line at (719) 633-3819 for support.

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