17-year-old girl dies after skiing into tree at Winter Park Resort

17-year-old girl dies after skiing into tree at Winter Park Resort
Posted at 3:54 PM, Feb 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-16 10:58:18-05

GRAND COUNTY, Colo. – A 17-year-old girl died after hitting a tree at Winter Park Resort, a spokesperson said Wednesday.

The girl struck the tree on Forget-Me-Not, an intermediate run in Parsenn Bowl at around 12:30 p.m., officials said in a prepared statement.

Ski Patrol responded immediately and the teen was taken to the Denver Health East Grand ER at the base of the resort, but attempts to revive her were unsuccessful, the official added.

No other skiers or riders were involved in the crash.

The girl's identity has yet to be released.

“Winter Park Resort extends its deepest condolences to the woman's family in the wake of this tragic accident,” said Steve Hurlbert, speaking on behalf of Winter Park Resort. 

This is the fifth ski-related death in Colorado, but the fourth skiing death this season.

A 26-year-old man from Mexico who died on an advanced run at Breckenridge Ski Resort on Feb. 10 suffered severe head trauma – even though he was wearing a helmet – according to the Summit County Coroner’s Office.

Last month, Sean Haberthier, of Denver, died after also striking a tree at Breckenridge Ski Resort

Kelly Huber, 40, a mother of two from Texas, died on Dec. 29 after she fell 25-feet onto hard-packed snow at Granby Ski Ranch from the Quick Express Ski Lift. While investigators suspect a “rare dynamic event” within the lift caused the crash that ultimately killed her, the investigation is ongoing.

On Dec. 20, a 48-year-old Longmont man died from blunt force trauma after striking a tree at Breckenridge Ski Resort, the Boulder Daily Camera reported.


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