A 56-year-old male from Texas passed away following a Friday accident at Breckenridge Ski Resort, according to a resort spokesperson.

After Breckenridge Ski Patrol responded to a report of the accident, the guest was transported to Breckenridge Medical Center where they were pronounced deceased. The resort confirmed that the accident happened on Peak 9 in expert terrain. According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, the skier was found beneath snow in a creek bed with no visible signs of trauma.

Denver Post published that the official cause of death was a heart attack.

According to a report from Westword, the deceased was identified as talented skier Stephen Piche by his brother, Eric Piche. Eric Piche also stated that the accident happened on a run called “Inferno” after Stephen Piche likely hit a buried rope and ended up in the creek. See their full account of the accident here.

Inferno is a double-black diamond run that descends through trees under the “E-Chair” lift from the top of Peak 9. It’s a steep run through tight trees.

John Buhler, the vice president and chief operating officer of the resort, extended sympathy and support to the family and friends of the guest.

This death preceded a second skier death that occurred on Saturday at Steamboat Ski Resort.

Editor’s Note: Here’s an article about why we’ve chosen to cover deaths and injuries that occur in Colorado’s outdoor recreation space.


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