A California woman died in a Colorado heli-skiing accident after she fell into a creek and apparently drowned when her helmet got stuck between two rocks. A California woman was downhill skiing with a guide in the Mineral Creek Basin near Telluride on Saturday morning when she crossed a creek.
Heli-skiing is backcountry downhill skiing in which skiers are taken to the top of a mountain by helicopter instead of a ski lift. Two guides tried to rescue her, and about ten minutes later she was pulled her from the creek, lifeless. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Sheriff’s officials say the victim was not a beginner at snowboarding. They called the incident a “freak accident.”
Responders weren’t sure whether she died of blunt force trauma or drowned, however, the incident had all the indications of a drowning, according to San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters.
A skier at Copper Mountain died from head injuries Sunday afternoon. The male skier was pronounced dead at St. Anthony’s Summit Medical Center in Frisco at 12:25 p.m., according to the Summit County coroner’s office.
Both victims were in their fifties and each was wearing a helmet.