Colorado ski deaths since 06/07 season
Click top right corner to view full-page map, click on icon on the top left for a full list. Zoom in to each resort to see where each skier death occurred on the mountain, and click on the skier/snowboarder icon to learn more about the participant who died on the slopes.
Colorado’s most popular ski resorts are carved out of our public lands. Breckenridge, Keystone and Vail Mountain — to name the big three — all pay millions in fees to the U.S. Forest Service for the privilege of operating highly profitable concessions there. Despite that, these businesses largely operate in secret when it comes to vital public safety information.
The Summit Daily produced “Whiteout,” a three-part series, to explore the systemic lack of transparency surrounding accidental ski deaths. Using coroner’s office documents across 16 counties, we were able to piece together a database of 137 skier deaths over the past 10 years. The information shines new light on the nature of these tragedies.
May 10, 2017 — Matters related to the investigation of a Texas woman's death at Ski Granby Ranch in December were tabled this afternoon by the investigative body seeking the cause for the incident. The Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board held its regular quarterly meeting on Wednesday during which time they entered a closed […]
Learn more »May 2, 2017 — A 59-year-old Boulder man died while skiing at Loveland Ski Area on Friday, April 28, the Clear Creek County coroner confirmed Tuesday. The Boulder Daily Camera was first to report the incident early Tuesday morning. Kevin Edwards, an attorney with the state Attorney General’s Office, […]
Learn more »April 26, 2017 — On Feb. 29, 2016, an email arrived to my inbox. It was polite, articulate and exceptionally vulnerable. It requested a response at my earliest convenience, but had the pointed approach of basically asking, "Why haven't you already written a story about my dead son?" I'd […]
Learn more »April 25, 2017 — A 44-year-old man from Olathe, Kansas, who died after skiing at Crested Butte Mountain Resort in February was recently confirmed as the state's sixth ski fatality this winter as part of the 13 to occur during the 2016-17 season. Jim Bell, a 16-year veteran firefighter […]
Learn more »April 20, 2017 — Colorado's most popular ski resorts are carved out of our public lands. Breckenridge, Keystone and Vail Mountain — to name the big three — all pay millions in fees to the U.S. Forest Service for the privilege of operating highly profitable concessions there. Despite that, […]
Learn more »April 13, 2017 — IN MEMORIAM Read more news stories on each death by clicking the hyperlink on the skier’s name. 1. Benjamin Hawk, 20, of Portland, Ore., died Dec. 10, 2006. The Oklahoma college student died after losing control and hitting a tree while skiing on Spring Dipper, […]
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