Skier dies at Breckenridge Ski Resort after two-person collision |

Skier dies at Breckenridge Ski Resort after two-person collision

Summit Daily News
A 43-year-old man died at Breckenridge Ski Resort on Monday, April 4. The passing of the visitor from New Jersey marks the fifth snow sport death of the 2015-16 season.
Courtesy of Breckenridge Ski Resort |

A 43-year-old man died at Breckenridge Ski Resort after colliding with another skier Monday afternoon, and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office is looking for witnesses.

John Sherwood was on vacation in Summit County with his family from Randolph, New Jersey, about an hour west of New York City. He and the other skier ran into each other on the Tiger double-black-diamond run on Peak 8 underneath the chairlift between noon and 12:15 p.m.

The county coroner was paged to respond at approximately 1 p.m.

An investigation is currently underway, and Sherwood’s death was officially labeled an accident. An autopsy is pending to determine the precise cause of his death.

The surviving skier stayed on the scene and talked with investigators.

Sherwood’s death marks the fifth snow-sports fatality of the 2015-16 season in Summit County, according to the coroner, topping last season’s total of four.

Brian Sisk, a visitor from Orlando, Florida, was the next most recent, dying Sunday at Breckenridge Ski Resort, as well. Sisk, 39, died between about 4:15 and 4:45 p.m. after suffering what the coroner called “a medical event,” and his body will undergo an autopsy this week.

If you were a witness to the accident that caused Sherwood’s death Monday under the Peak 8 Super Connect chairlift near tower No. 25 above the mid-load station or have any other information, the Sheriff’s Office asks that you contact Meredith McKissock immediately at 970-423-8929.

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