Snowmobiler dies on Vail Pass on Sunday
VAIL PASS – A 14-year-old Highlands Ranch boy died Sunday after hitting a tree while snowmobiling on Vail Pass, according to Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson. The boy made impact with the tree on Shrine Pass Road, about a mile back from the Vail Pass parking area, said Glen Kraatz, mission coordinator with Summit County Search and Rescue.
The Coroner’s Office received a page at 11:50 a.m. to respond to the incident. Kraatz said a party of four cross country skiers were passing by the boy and his family when the incident occurred. One of the skiers was a registered nurse and another was a physician’s assistant. The two immediately started CPR on the boy.
A wilderness paramedic from Summit County Ambulance Service arrived on scene and continued CPR for about an hour, Kraatz said. Richardson said the boy was wearing a helmet and googles at the time of the accident.
The boy’s parents and extended family members rented snowmobiles for the day and were up for a “large family outing” on Vail Pass, according to Kraatz. Kraatz did not know if the boy or his family members were experienced snowmobilers.