A 24-year-old woman from the far south suburbs of Chicago died Sunday in a snowboarding accident at Copper Mountain. The victim was found Sunday morning in some trees off an expert trail at the Copper Mountain ski area. She was airlifted to an area hospital where she later died. The coroner’s office says she was wearing a helmet.
And on Monday, it was confirmed that a local skier died after skiing into the closure rope stretching between two big timbers at the Prospect Bowl portal, near the top of Lift 5 of Telluride Ski Area. The closure rope goes up daily at 3 p.m and the accident report “came in at 3:07,” Telluride Ski and Golf Co. CEO Dave Riley said.
Paramedic, ski patroller and deputy coroner Emil Sante was on-scene within a few minutes; despite extensive life-saving efforts, Sante pronounced Green dead at 3:21 p.m. Monday.
This brings the total count of ski deaths in Colorado eight – with the two best ski months stretching out in front of us. The record number of deaths occurred during the 2007-2008 ski season, Colorado had a record 17 fatalities, exceeding the previous record of 16 in the 2001-2002 season.