According to the Granby Police Department, a skier died on Saturday at Granby Ranch after colliding with a tree. Ski patrol tended to the unconscious skier around 7:00 PM before transporting the skier to a nearby medical facility. Medical staff then pronounced the skier to be deceased.
The accident occurred during “night skiing,” in which lights illuminate open ski runs at the resort. Several resorts around the state offer this experience, including Granby, which charges $15 for 4 hours of skiing on select dates. While night skiing can offer an exciting experience, it does tend to pose problems like icy snow, limited visibility, and extremely cold temperatures.
This is the 9th skiing/snowboarding-related death of the season, with previous deaths including the death of a skier on Quandary Peak, the death of a 71-year-old at Breckenridge, a recent avalanche-related death, 21-year-old Daniel Giger (accident at Breckenridge), 26-year-old Bill Brockmuller (collision at Eldora), 53-year-old Daniel Mares of Arvada (cardiac event at Keystone Resort), 66-year-old Durwood Marshall of Silverthorne (cardiac event at Keystone Resort), and Bindu Sky Pomeroy (accident in Vail backcountry).
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