Skier dies at Winter Park Resort in small snow slide |

Skier dies at Winter Park Resort in small snow slide

Sky-Hi News Staff Report
Winter Park, CO Colorado

The Sunnyside Lift at Mary Jane remains closed this morning in the wake of a skier death at Winter Park Resort on Sunday.

Resort officials said the Ski Patrol conducted a terrain assessment on the mountain this morning and reopened everything but Sunnyside Lift.

Winter Park Police responded Sunday evening to a fatality at resort where they say a 26-year-old man apparently died in a small snow slide. Resort officials said the man, whom they identified as 28 years old, was unresponsive when Ski Patrol members reached him and began CPR.

Police Chief Glen Trainor said Winter Park Ski Patrol recovered the body of a white male who was skiing with his father-in-law at the resort. The father-in-law last saw his son-in-law about 1 p.m. and reported him missing later in the day.

The skier was found in a tree area between Trestle and Roundhouse trails in the debris field of a small snow slide in a gully.

The Grand County Coroner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine cause of death. Police were still not releasing the name of the victim this morning.

According to The Colorado Avalanche Center, this was the second avalanche-related fatality of the weekend. The first one was at Vail Mountain on a closed ski run where a 13-year-old boy died in an avalanche on Sunday.

The Colorado Avalanche Center’s website warned of high avalanche danger all weekend.

Today’s warning: “Triggering avalanches is likely on any snow-covered slope 30 degrees or steeper that did not slide during the natural cycle yesterday. The natural avalanche cycle has largely run its course, so I will drop the Avalanche Warning, but natural avalanches are still possible today. Triggering slides will be easy today, and some of them will be bigger than what we have seen so far this winter.”

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