Florida man taken off life support after Colorado ski crash

Posted at 4:16 PM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-29 18:16:19-04

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) -- A Florida man has died days after suffering injuries in a ski accident in southern Colorado.

The Durango Herald reports 56-year-old Michael Black died at a hospital Saturday after he was taken off life support.

Wolf Creek Ski Area Owner Davey Pitcher says Black, who had a second home near the ski area, had been on an intermediate trail on March 21 when he lost control, skied off the trail and struck a tree.

Ski patrol had arrived to find Black conscious and he was able to recount what had happened. There were no witnesses.

Pitcher says it appears Black lost a ski and "tomahawaked," which happens when a skier crashes and turns end over end consecutively.

He says Black suffered broken ribs, a collapsed lung and other injuries.


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