Female skier dies after crashing into tree at Eldora Mountain

Sara B. Hansen

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By Sara B. Hansen / NewsBreak Denver

(Boulder County, Colo.) A 77-year-old woman died Tuesday after being found unconscious and not breathing Tuesday afternoon after colliding with a tree at the Eldora Mountain Ski Resort.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office reported members of the Eldora Ski Patrol, Nederland Fire Department, LifeLine Air Ambulance, and American Medical Response responded to the scene on the Muleshoe Run.

Emergency responders couldn’t revive the woman, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The sheriff’s office does not suspect foul play, but it and the Boulder County Coroner’s Office will investigate.

The woman’s death is the third at Eldora and the sixth of the 2021-2022 ski season.

Two deaths in one week in Summit County

Breckenridge Ski Resort: Allen Lai, 48, of Centennial, died on Feb. 1 while snowboarding. The Summit County Coroner’s office said he died after losing control and crashing into a tree. Lai was fatally injured on Reverie, an intermediate run, on Peak 6.

Copper Mountain Resort: 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 Robert Williams, 60, of Nederland, lying on the ground in the trees along the "Hot Dog Alley" ski run. He was alone and unconscious, and the ski patrol believed he collided with a tree. Efforts to resuscitate Williams were unsuccessful.

On Nov. 30, Ron LeMaster, 72, of Boulder, 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.

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

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