A second ski patroller this week has died from injuries suffered during a ski accident. The Steamboat Ski Patrol member who sustained serious injuries in an accident last week at Steamboat Ski Area died Tuesday afternoon at Denver Health Medical Center.

Michael Fosdick was 63 years old. According to the ski area, Fosdick was a courtesy patroller with the ski area since 2007. Courtesy patrollers help with on-mountain safety but do not provide medical care.

“We lost one of our finest patrollers today who gave up his life to serve others,” Ski Patrol Director John Kohnke wrote on the CaringBridge website.

No one witnessed Fosdick’s crash Thursday on the upper Rainbow trail. He was found unresponsive and was flown to Denver health. The Routt County Sheriff’s Office did not know if a medical issue caused the crash.

According to Fosdick’s family, he suffered complicated fractures to his C1 and C2 cervical vertebrae.

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