Skier dies after hitting tree at Keystone |

Skier dies after hitting tree at Keystone

Lindsey Krusen - Vail Daily, Vail Colorado CO

KEYSTONE – A 56-year-old man from the Netherlands died Sunday afternoon at Keystone Medical Center after colliding with a tree at Keystone Resort, according to Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson. The man’s name has not been released.The man, who came to Keystone with a friend on ski holiday, was skiing on the Mozart Run, a blue intermediate trail. Though no witnesses were present, evidence shows the man lost control and was airborne for at least 2 feet when he hit the tree with his left side, Richardson said. He was not wearing a helmet. The man was found at 2 p.m. and was conscious at that time, but quickly lost consciousness from the blunt force injuries, Richardson said. The injuries caused the man to lose blood internally. The man died at 3:45 p.m. Sunday from bleeding and blunt force trauma, according to Richardson. This is the fourth skier death reported in Summit County for the winter season. A 20-year-old skier died in December after hitting a tree at Keystone, a 21-year-old skier died Jan. 9 after hitting a tree at Breckenridge Ski Resort and a 17-year-old Crested Butte resident died Jan. 14 after landing on his head off a jump at Copper Mountain Resort.

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