Skier dies at Vail on opening day
VAIL, Colo. – The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that a man died while skiing at Vail Mountain Friday, the resort’s opening day.
A statement issued by Vail Mountain Friday afternoon says the skier was a 62-year-old Colorado man.
The man “was transported to the Vail Valley Medical Center after a ski incident on the Gitalong Road, a beginner trail between the Columbine and Bear Tree trails on Vail Mountain. A call came into Vail Ski Patrol at approximately 10:17 a.m. and ski patrol responded immediately,” the statement says.
“Ski patrol provided basic life support and transported the patient to an awaiting ambulance. He was then transported to the Vail Valley Medical Center. The skier was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident, which is under investigation,” the statement said. “Vail Mountain, the Vail Ski Patrol and the Vail Resorts family extend their deepest sympathy and support to the family and friends of the skier.”
Vail Valley Medical Center spokeswoman Lindsay Warner said the man was transported to the hospital at 11 a.m. and was pronounced dead at 1:06 p.m.
In Breckenridge, a 19-year-old man died after a snowboard incident on Northstar, an intermediate run.
The man has not yet been identified. He was put on advanced life support and taken to the Breckenridge Medical Center by ambulance after the incident, according to a statement from the resort. Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson confirmed that he later died. The man was reportedly wearing a helmet.
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