HCSC Staff Member Dies on Mt. Hood


We’ve just received word that 25-year-old Collin Backowski of Colorado was killed when an ice tunnel collapsed in an out-of-bounds area of Timberline. Backowski was a coach at High Cascade, which was on in-between at the time.

According to a story on jsonline.com, “The snowboarder was traveling with five companions when the collapse hit Saturday afternoon. The others tried to dig him out but could not break through the ice and snow, which an official described as being as thick as concrete.”

His body was located by rescuers on August 4th, 2013, after chipping through 8-10 feet of ice and slush.

High Cascade offered its condolences and will be providing crisis-counseling on-site for staff and campers.

“All campers are safe and none were anywhere near the mountain when this incident occurred. We would like to reiterate that the area of this incident is out of resort boundaries far from HCSC’s private facilities and is an area that is off-limits to campers,” Said High Cacade camp director Kevin English.

Link: jsonline.com

22 replies
  1. Not the place for hate
    Not the place for hate says:

    Sincere condolences before everyone get’s all disrespectful up in here.

    The Snow ain’t always safe, even in the Summer. Sad day for the Hood.

  2. Birdrider
    Birdrider says:

    I don’t think people give Mt. Hood the respect it deserves. It’s a really dangerous Mt especially in the summer. Be safe out there.


  3. Justin's bong
    Justin's bong says:

    Such a bummer, thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, Oregon and Colorado community. Stay safe out there

  4. Iamaskier
    Iamaskier says:

    This is hard news to hear. A sad reminder that life is short and fragile. Heavy hearts all around Hood this weekend. R.I.P.

  5. person with a soul
    person with a soul says:

    Thanks for clearing that up Kevin English. I hope you feel like a pile of trash. We get it, its not High Cascades fault, responsibilty, or problem. Unhook your PR training for half a second and realize a kid just died. Your camp will always suck compared to Windells and you suck even worse

    • popsonshred
      popsonshred says:

      Obviously you didn’t know Collin. You fucked just about everything he stood for. Find another place for you soapbox.

    • popsonshred
      popsonshred says:

      Obviously you didn’t know Collin. You f u c k e d just about everything he stood for. Find another place for you soapbox.

    • popsonshred
      popsonshred says:

      Obviously you didn’t know Collin. You screwed just about everything he stood for. Find another place for you soapbox.

  6. @person with a soul
    @person with a soul says:

    So he was supposed to let people assume that he died riding High Cascade’s facilities? Because that’s what people would have thought. What happened to Collin is tragic, but that means High Cascade shouldn’t cover it’s tracks so they don’t have parents pulling their kids out of camp right before the last session? High cascade’s attendance is way down, they are already hurting without ignorant people thinking that a coach died in their park. Also, if you think Kevin English had a say in that fucking facebook post you are a dipshit. Mike Rav runs the HCSC facebook. Of course, nothing but love and condolences for the friends and family of Collin, it’s a huge loss. Shred on in the skies man!

  7. Groovy Gun
    Groovy Gun says:

    I always liked talking to him. One of the nicer down to earth people that snowboarders and friends will always miss

  8. KC KYLE
    KC KYLE says:

    I will never forget Collin. We rode public park all day in the rain, (my first time ever riding in the rain) and to this day it is one of the highlights of my snowboarding life. rip in peace. I’ll forever think of you man the second I throw that trash bag on!

  9. Tt
    Tt says:

    When someone in snowboarding dies, someone i have never met or even heard of, it feels like i lost a friend. Rip in peace collin, we’ll be shredding for you

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