A 22-year-old University of Colorado student died Monday at Eldora Mountain Resort after he apparently struck a tree while skiing. The CU senior was originally was from Coral Springs, Fla.
When the student missed scheduled music rehearsals and fraternity meetings, friends called police around 9 p.m. and reported him missing.
Boulder County sheriff’s deputies found his car in the Eldora parking lot, and, later Monday night, ski resort employees located his body just off the Jolly Jug ski run within the resort’s boundaries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A preliminary investigation concluded student fell and hit a tree while skiing, sheriff’s officials said. He was reported as wearing a helmet.
The death appears to be the fifth on Eldora’s slopes since 2000. In 2011, a skier and snowboarder died in separate accidents involving trees. In 2008, a skier suffered fatal head injuries after his skis caught on an unexposed rock on the West Ridge run. Another skier died after hitting a tree on that same run in 2000.