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Lakewood man who died at Copper Mountain 4th ski death this season

Sara B. Hansen

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By Sara B. Hansen / NewsBreak Denver

(Copper Mountain, Colo.) After losing control and hitting a tree at Copper Mountain Resort, Nicholas Vigil, 24, of Lakewood, died of a traumatic brain injury.

The Summit County Coroner's Office announced Vigil's death in a news release and said he was wearing a helmet. Vigil was skiing with friends in trees along the Collage intermediate run when he lost control on Jan. 30.

Fourth death of 2021-2022 ski season

Vigil's death is the fourth reported at a Colorado ski resort for the 2021-2022 ski season.

Aspen: Trevor Crandall, 42, of Denver, died on Jan. 19 after striking a tree while snowboarding on the Aspen Highlands Ski Area in Highlands Bowl.

Crandall was with a friend, who found him unconscious. The Ski Patrol was alerted and began resuscitation, but their efforts were unsuccessful. Crandall was pronounced dead at the scene. Although no one witnessed the crash, rescuers surmised Crandall collided with a tree.

Eldora: Two men died in a week at the Eldora Ski area.

On Nov. 30, a 70-year-old Boulder skier died after colliding with a snowboarder on the "Windmill" ski run. The sheriff's office said the snowboarder, a Wellington man, was treated for injuries.

The Colorado Sun reported Ron LeMaster, a popular ski instructor and coach, died in the Nov. 30 crash.

On Dec. 7, Eldora ski patrol members found a man lying on the ground in the trees along the "Hot Dog Alley" ski area. He was alone and unconscious, and the ski patrol believed he collided with a tree.

The ski patrol began first aid and CPR, but their resuscitative efforts were unsuccessful.

Twelve people died on Colorado slopes during the 2020-2021 ski season.

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