A woman who died Thursday in a sledding accident in Marble was identified Friday as Tracy Good, of Dallas, by Gunnison County Sheriff Rick Besecker.
Good was sledding with her husband, their three children and a friend of one of their kids at the old Marble ski area, according to a deputy who investigated the accident.
“They had created a sledding area that would not take them into the trees,” Besecker said.
An extensive slope starts out steep, flattens out and then gets steep again, he explained. Sledders go to the right or left of the slope but avoid going straight, so they avoid the trees, Besecker said.
The investigator learned that Good watched the sledding activity for most of the day before giving it a try, Besecker said.
“She was not able to stop and ran into a tree,” he said.
Good was wearing a helmet and goggles at the time of the crash, he said. The helmet wasn’t visibly damaged, but she suffered a head injury, Besecker said.
Authorities initially called for a Flight for Life from St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, but they canceled the helicopter when they arrived on scene.
West Elk Search and Rescue along with the Carbondale Fire Department responded to the scene. The initial call for help came in around 12:36 p.m. All personnel were out of the field by about 6 p.m. There was no easy access to the remote area. The last mile was accessed via snowmobile, Besecker said.
There was confusion among responding personnel to Good’s age Thursday. She was 44 years old, according to Besecker.