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Friend opens up about snowboarder's death on Mount Charleston

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Friend opens up about snowboarder's death on Mount Charleston

By Jennifer Kastner. CREATED Jan 15, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The snowboarder who died after falling on Mount Charleston has been identified as 20-year-old Christopher Ruby of Las Vegas.

The coroner ruled his death an accident and said he died from blunt chest trauma.

Close family friend Harold Wyatt said Christopher was like a son to him, "He just loved life. He loved all aspects of life."

Fighting back tears, Wyatt said the young man was an organ donor who will save lives even after his death, "I'm sure his family was very proud that he donated and there are people now that will be the recipients of that."

Ruby was snowboarding with a group of people on Tuesday. In the afternoon, he came down the part of the mountain off Chairlift 2.

According to Kevin Stickelman, president and general manager of the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort, Ruby was doing a jump in the terrain park when he fell. He was not wearing a helmet.

Ski patrol responded, then Clark County rescue crews. Ruby was transported to UMC Trauma where he later died.

Wyatt said Christopher and his dad  were regulars up on the mountain and that his dad was with him when it all happened, "His father was with him during the end. He provided him with immediate CPR and stayed with him [and continued] that CPR all the way through the end."

"It hits home. It's a member of our community here on the mountain," said Stickelman.

Resort officials said this is a first for the 51-year-old resort.

"We've never had a fatality of a skier or snowboarder crashing on their own," explained Stickelman.

Wyatt said he'll miss all the skiing and fishing trips they took, but he finds some peace knowing he died doing what he loved.

Jennifer Kastner

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Jennifer Kastner is a general assignment reporter for Action News.