Sadly, a second ski death has occurred at Breckenridge Ski Resort this season. A Florida man was killed Christmas Eve morning on an intermediate trail at Breckenridge. Summit County investigators said the man missed a turn from the intermediate Angel’s Rest trail at the Monte Cristo trail and skied into a tree. He was not wearing a helmet and died from trauma to his head and pelvis, the Summit County Coroner’s Office said in a statement.
The man died at Breckenridge Medical Center just before noon, about an hour after the accident. Breckenridge Ski Resort issued a statement through the Summit County Coroner’s office: “Breckenridge Ski Resort, Breckenridge Ski Patrol and the Vail Resorts family extend their deepest sympathy and support to the family and friends of the man.”
On Nov. 20, a 14-year-old Colorado Springs girl died from blunt-force trauma to her chest when she skied into a tree off a different intermediate run, Spruce Trail, the first reported ski death in Colorado this season. In 2008, the state had a record 17 fatalities, exceeding the previous record of 16 in the 2001-2002 season.