A male skier in his 50s has died due to injuries sustained during a crash at Eldora Mountain Resort around noon on Thursday, January 14.
Witnesses to the crash report that the skier fell and slid down 'Corona Run' at a high rate of speed, eventually striking a tree. Also called 'Corona,' this run is rated as black diamond and quite steep.
A medical helicopter was called to the scene to assist, though was unable to land due to high winds present in the area. Multiple unsuccessful attempts to land were made at various locations in the nearby area. Eventually, the helicopter was too low on fuel to continue the effort, forced to return to base.
Strong winds have been prevalent in the area during recent days, with winds responsible for shutting down the resort on Wednesday.
After the helicopter failed to land, the man was transported to a local hospital via ambulance, where he was pronounced dead.
The identity of the man has not been released, pending confirmation and notification of next of kin. The official cause of death will be released by the coroner at a later date.
Condolences go out to those impacted by this fatal accident, including the friends and family of the deceased.
Eldora Mountain Resort is located near Boulder, Colorado, just three miles from the town of Nederland. The resort is home to 680 acres of skiable terrain.