Fairplay man dies at Breck
A 52-year-old Fairplay man was pronounced dead at the Breckenridge Medical Center after he collided with a padded snowmaking hydrant on the Sundown trail on Peak 9 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Terry Bladecki was skiing on an intermediate section of the trail shortly after noon Monday.
Witnesses said the man caught a ski, struck the hydrant and then nearby trees, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Ski patrollers provided emergency life support and took the man to the medical center where he was pronounced dead. They said he was skiing alone and wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.
Coroner Joanne Richardson said cause of death was internal bleeding from the collisions. She did not order an autopsy.
His is the third skier death in Summit County this season and the fourth statewide. The first casualty in Colorado was a man skiing at Vail Mountain earlier in December.
The first death in Summit County was that of a Tulsa, Okla., man who collided with a tree at the Breckenridge Ski Resort.
The second was a 53-year-old Omaha, Neb., man, who died at Copper Mountain Resort Dec. 30.