Teen, 18, killed at Snowmass | AspenTimes.com

Teen, 18, killed at Snowmass

Aspen Times Staff Report

An Oklahoma teen was killed after losing control and hitting a tree while skiing at Snowmass Ski Area Sunday afternoon.

Todd Bratkovich, 18, of Edmond, Okla., was skiing with a friend on Lunkerville, an intermediate run near the Alpine Springs lift, when the accident occurred, said Aspen Skiing Co. spokeswoman Rose Abello.

Bratkovich apparently stopped about 200 feet above the accident site, she said. He began down the mountain, took a couple of turns and lost control. Bratkovich hit a tree off the left side of the trail. He was not wearing a helmet.

The accident happened around 12:20 p.m., and Snowmass Ski Patrol members “responded, rendered aid and transported the victim to the Snowmass Clinic,” reads a press release from Pitkin County Deputy Coroner Scott Thompson. Bratkovich was rushed from the clinic to Aspen Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:43 p.m., according to the press release. The report says he died from blunt trauma to the torso.

The death is considered an accident, with no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved.

Abello said Lunkerville had been groomed Saturday night.

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