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Kansas snowboarder died after Breckenridge jump

Ryan Slabaugh
Summit County Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

BRECKENRIDGE, Colorado” A 33-year-old Kansas man died Sunday after landing on his head in a terrain park at Breckenridge Ski Resort, officials say.

According to Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson, James McLean was wearing a helmet when he landed on his head after going off a jump in the Park Lane Terrain Park on an intermediate run. Mclean, a podiatrist from Leawood, Kan., was pronounced dead at the Breckenridge Medical Center, Richardson said.

Richardson said McLean died of a fractured neck.

A call came into Breckenridge Ski Patrol at approximately 1:51 p.m. and ski patrol responded, providing life support and transporting McLean patient to the Breckenridge Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

“Breckenridge Ski Resort, the Breckenridge Ski Patrol and the Vail Resorts family extend our deepest sympathy and support to all of his the family and friends,” the resort said in a release.

This is the second fatality at Breckenridge Ski Resort this season. The other involved an 11-year-old from the United Kingdom on Jan. 2 who was not wearing an approved ski helmet.

This week is National Skier Safety Awareness week, where many resorts plan events to help encourage skiers and snowboarders to wear helmets and ride responsibly on the slopes. Check with your favorite resort for specific times and places.

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