Two men died today after accidents on Colorado ski slopes, the first Colorado fatalities of the new ski season. Both fatalities occurred at Vail Resort properties.
A 62-year-old Vail doctor, Dr. Charles Tuft, died after he lost control and went over an embankment on Vail Mountain during the resort’s opening day. The accident happened just after 10 a.m., on the Gitalong Road, a beginner trail between the Columbine and Bear Tree trails, the resort said. Dr. Tuft was a specialist in emergency medicine. He was a doctor at Vail Valley Medical Center and president of the Alpine Mobile Physicians. Tuft, who was wearing a helmet, was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center by ambulance where he was pronounced dead.
Just a few hours after the fatal accident at Vail, a 20-year-old snowboarder hit a tree on Northstar, an intermediate trail at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
The Summit County Coroner’s office identified the victim as Evan Massini from Westbrook, Conn., a student at the University of Colorado at Boulder who was snowboarding with roommates. Massini was also wearing a helmet, but the trauma of the collision left him with massive internal injuries and he died at Breckenridge Medical Center.