Skier found dead in creek outside Skibowl

MOUNT HOOD, Ore. - A skier who went out of bounds at Skibowl and didn't return to meet his group was found dead in a creek on Sunday evening, according to Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies.

The man, identified as 23-year-old Russell Tiffany of Las Vegas, was with a group of experienced skiers on Saturday night when they went outside the boundary on the west side of Skibowl, deputies said.

The skiers gathered at a hut just outside the boundary where investigators said they were drinking alcohol.

Witnesses said Tiffany appeared intoxicated and headed down the mountain on his own. At some point he became disoriented.

He called a member of his group, but was still unable to find his way, deputies said. He was last seen around 9 p.m. Saturday.

At 11 a.m. the next morning somebody from the group called deputies to report Tiffany never returned. Search and rescue teams headed up the mountain and started looking for Tiffany with the help of a National Guard helicopter.

Around 7:15 p.m. searchers found the body of Tiffany submerged in a creek near Highway 26.