- Associated Press - Monday, January 1, 2018

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Two snowboarders were killed in separate weekend accidents in northwestern Montana.

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says 22-year-old Conner Heidegger of Rollins died Saturday when he intentionally jumped off a cliff while boarding out of bounds near a ski area near Lakeside. Curry says Heidegger and his friend had been snowboarding at Blacktail Mountain and were heading toward their vehicle when they spotted the cliff.

Also Saturday, 28-year-old Scott Robert Hornstra of Alberta died at Whitefish Mountain Resort after falling into a tree well - an area with little or no snow around a tree.

Curry says Hornstra’s friends reported him missing when he did not meet them at the bottom of a run. His body was found at about 2 a.m. Sunday.

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