Skiers ride a lift at Winter Park, Colorado.

(AP Photo/File, 2008)

Western ski towns have a higher suicide rate than other areas. It’s hard to pinpoint why this is happening but some experts believe the ski town culture, high altitude and economic inequality may be factors.

Journalist Kelley McMillan recently looked into this complex trend for a story in National Geographic Adventure Blog. She spoke to Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 800-273-8255. The service provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.