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Banning Lewis Ranch Academy teacher dies while skiing with family

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Rachel Dewey (Courtesy: District 49) Rachel Dewey (Courtesy: District 49)

A woman who died after falling while skiing on Pikes Peak has been identified by Teller County Sheriff's Office as 48-year-old Rachel Dewey.

Dewey was a social studies teacher at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy and an adjunct professor at Pikes Peak Community College. After learning of her death, Banning Lewis Ranch Academy decided not to hold classes today. Instead grief counselors will be on campus all day starting at 7:30 a.m.

Fellow teachers and some of her students are struggling with the loss.

"When I first heard about it I didn't think it was real.  I thought it was a fake thing because there's a lot of fake stuff on the internet," said Gannon Loper.  He went on to say, "I probably cried for about 30 minutes."

His friend Ben Volke was just as shocked when he found out.  He said she will be greatly missed.

"She was amazing.  She would always try to have fun with the class and never make anything boring," said 8th grader Ben Volke.

Deputies and EMS personnel from Cascade Fire responded to reports of a seriously injured skier at the Little Italy Couloir near Glen Cove just before 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Rachel Dewey was skiing with her husband and three teenage sons when she apparently lost control and fell about 1,000 feet. She died before Teller County Sheriff's Deputies and EMS personnel arrived on scene.

Her husband Grant Dewey described Rachel as an advanced skier, according to Teller County Sheriff's Office.

El Paso and Teller County Search and Rescue teams recovered her body. An autopsy is scheduled for later this week.

News 5's Greg Dingrando will have much more on this story coming up tonight at 5 and 6.

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