A 35-year-old Tucson man died while snowboarding at Wolf Creek ski park on Saturday. The Arizona resident died on Saturday, Dec. 18, after going over a 40-foot drop near the waterfall area and landing on his head.
Authorities reported that the injuries from the landing resulted in his death. He hyper extended his neck backwards and ruptured the artery that goes to the brain stem, and that cut off the blood supply to the brain stem and it killed him quickly.
The Arizona snowboarder was with two friends, one of whom had successfully made it over the 40-foot drop but had tried to keep the other two from attempting it because it was so dangerous.
And on Wednesday, a 24-year-old Longmont man collided with a 21-year-old South Korean woman, while skiing on an intermediate-rated ski run at Eldora. The Colorado man was listed in serious condition at Denver’s St. Anthony Central hospital Thursday, where he was flown after the accident. The young woman was taken by ambulance to Boulder County Hospital for treatment of a leg injury, authorities said.