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Snowboarder dies at Breckenridge, 2nd death on slopes this week

Sara B. Hansen

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Nov. 13

By Sara B. Hansen / NewsBreak Denver

(Breckenridge, Colo.) A 48-year-old Centennial man died Tuesday while snowboarding after hitting a tree at Breckenridge Ski Resort.

The Summit County Coroner's office said Allen Lai died after losing control and crashing. Lai was fatally injured around 2 p.m. Tuesday on Reverie, an intermediate run, on Peak 6.

The coroner's office said that Lai's cause of death is under investigation.

Second death in Summit County this week

Lai is the second person to die at a Summit County ski resort this week.

Nicholas Vigil, 24, of Lakewood, died of a traumatic brain injury on Jan. 30 after striking a tree. The coroner's office said Vigil was wearing a helmet when he lost control while skiing with friends in trees along Collage, an intermediate run, at Copper Mountain Resort.

Other 2021-2022 ski season deaths

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. He was with a friend who found him unconscious. Ski patrol efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, and Crandall was pronounced dead.

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

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. Efforts to resuscitate the man were unsuccessful.

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. Ron LeMaster, a popular ski instructor and coach, died.

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

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