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New details into snowboarding death at Mount Charleston

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New details into snowboarding death at Mount Charleston

By Denise Wong. CREATED Jan 15, 2014

Mount Charleston, NV (KTNV) -- The snowboarder who died after falling on Mount Charleston was 20-years-old.

The Clark County Coroner has identified the man as Christopher Ruby of Las Vegas. He fell at a place his family had been going to for years.

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

"It hits home. It's a member of our community here on the mountain," said Kevin Stickelman, president and general manager of the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort.

Stickelman said it's a small, tight community of skiers and snowboarders in Las Vegas. That's why so many of his staff are having a tough time dealing with the death of a young man they knew so well.

"His family, they frequented this place. They've been long-time guests of ours and he's well-known," said Stickelman.

Ruby was snowboarding with a group of people on Tuesday. At around 2:30 p.m., he came down the part of the mountain off Chairlift 2.

According to Stickelman, 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.

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.

Out of respect for the family, resort staff did not want to talk much about the 20-year-old who loved the mountain. But they're thinking of those who loved him.

"Now, moving forward, it's being here to support the family, giving them the space they need at this time and being here for our staff members who knew this family," said Stickelman.

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Denise Wong is a general assignment reporter for Action News. Catch her live reports on Good Morning Las Vegas.