According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, a skier has died following the collision with a tree. This accident occurred on Sunday and involved a 21-year-old.
Though the name of the run where the accident occurred has not been released, ski patrol responded to the incident on intermediate terrain of Peak 7. It’s unclear if that’s where the accident occurred or if the skier was moved to that spot from a collision with a tree off of what was likely a groomed run. Peak 7 features several dense tree groves between intermediate runs, as well as black-diamond tree terrain like the Ore Bucket area.
While the official announcement did not identify the skier, local news source Summit Daily has stated that the 21-year-old has now been identified as University of Colorado Boulder student Daniel Giger.
This is the first skier to have a fatal accident at Breckenridge Resort this year, though two skiing accidents elsewhere in Colorado have resulted in death already this season. One incident happened at Eldora Mountain in another tree collision and the other accident occurred in backcountry terrain near the town of Vail.
It’s unclear whether or not this skier was wearing a helmet or other safety gear at the time of the crash.
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