Skier dies after hitting tree at Telluride |

Skier dies after hitting tree at Telluride

TELLURIDE, Colorado ” A 55-year-old Connecticut man is dead after skiing into a tree at the Telluride ski area.

It happened Tuesday morning on an intermediate run in the Prospect Bowl area.

San Miguel County Coroner Bob Dempsey says David Gilletti skied off to the far left side of the run, where the snow apparently changed “from hard pack to something else.”

He says Gilletti “got in there and just caught an edge or something” and skied into the tree.

Dempsey says Gilletti suffered trauma to his chest that may have ruptured his aorta. Gilletti died at the scene.

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Dempsey says the man was skiing with friends but no one saw the crash, triggering an autopsy request from the sheriff’s office.

Gilletti, an engineer from Ledyard, Conn., is survived by a wife and two grown daughters.

It was the first death at the Telluride ski resort this year.

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