Kiera's--Dedicated to the Lost Friends of Buttermilk Shrine (Buttermilk)

The "Kiera's--Dedicated to the Lost Friends of Buttermilk" Shrine is on Buttermilk. Kiera Elizabeth Tongish died on December 2, 2010, when she collided with a tree while skiing on the Grey Wolf run, in the Elk Camp area of Snowmass. The accident happened at approximately 1:45 PM. She was an accomplished skier and was wearing a helmet. She was born on December 14, 1987. She had been employed by the Aspen Skiing Company, the Wienerstube restaurant, and the Viceroy Hotel. A shrine dedicated to her memory was established on December 6, 2010 at the place where she hit the tree on Snowmass. It consisted of a wooden cross made of tree limbs, some of her clothing including her shoes and a green top (which said "Team Buttermilk 2008-2009" on it), some beads, and some brass medals. Her remains were cremated and were spread on the slope at Snowmass where she died. Also in the shrine was a dress she wore in a photo that appeared in the newspaper. Sometime around March 24, 2011, all of the items that were in the Snowmass shrine were removed by someone. Soon thereafter, a number of the items that had been in the Snowmass shrine appeared in this shrine on Buttermilk, (The "Kiera's--Dedicated to the Lost Friends of Buttermilk" Shrine).  For photos of this Shrine, see this Facebook photo album (you do not need a Facebook account to view this album):  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.586117448126890.1073741859.100001859201674&type=1&l=fdf772f139.  And for a photo album of her Shrine that was on Snowmass, see this link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.108984259173547.14052.100001859201674&type=1&l=84ff08bca3.

See these eight newspaper articles for more information:

1. http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20101207/OBITUARIES/101209880&parentprofile=search, (Kiera Elizabeth Tongish Obituary)

2. http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/144025, (Kiera Elizabeth Tongish Obituary)

3. http://www.snowmasssun.com/article/20101208/FRONTPAGE/101209968&parentprofile=, ("Kiera remembered with shrine on Grey Wolf")

4. http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/143957, ("Skier death at Snowmass")

5. http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20101203/NEWS/101209941, ("Skico employee killed while skiing off-duty at Snowmass")

6. http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20101204/NEWS/101209917. ("Aspen Skico employee 'lived life fully, didn't hold back'")

7. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1339178/Kiera-Tongish-Bristol-graduate-killed-skiing-tree-Aspen.html, ("Tributes to 'fearless' graduate killed after she skied into a tree at U.S. resort")

8. http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/letter-editor/144106, (Letter to the editor from Kiera's family, "Thank you to a unique community")

See the "Kiera Tongish" Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=193110173&sk=info.

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