Skier who died at Copper Mountain last week identified as 62-year-old David Gissel
Summit Daily Staff Report
The skier who passed away at Copper Mountain last week has been identified as 62-year-old David Gissel of Colorado Springs, according to the Summit County Coroner’s Office.
On March 13 the Summit County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call to the resort regarding an unconscious skier found in the trees on the edge of a ski run at around 4:45 p.m. The man, later identified as Gissel, was taken to St. Anthony Copper Medical Clinic where he was later pronounced deceased.
Summit County Coroner Regan Wood said that the manner of death was natural, and that Gissel passed away due to acute heart failure.
Paul Cuthbertson, a lifelong local of Eagle and Summit counties, died while skiing up to the Polar Star Inn to meet some friends for a celebration of his 21st birthday on Friday night.