Cause of Keystone death remains undetermined |

Cause of Keystone death remains undetermined

KEYSTONE – The 36-year-old snowboarder who died at Keystone Saturday afternoon is scheduled for an autopsy today.

Eric Piotter, of Fort Collins, was snowboarding at the Keystone Resort Saturday when he began suffering from shortness of breath and chest pain, resort officials said. Piotter called for ski patrol’s assistance and was alert when patrol arrived, but his condition then deteriorated rapidly, and he went into cardiac arrest.

Piotter was pronounced dead at 12:15 p.m. at the base of the resort.

Resort officials said Piotter died of an unknown medical condition, that resulted in cardiac arrest.

The Summit Daily News previously reported that Piotter died despite patrollers’ attempts to revive him after a suspected heart attack, but Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson said it’s too soon to determine the cause of death.

“It does appear to be a natural process, but we don’t know the cause,” Richardson said.

The autopsy is scheduled for 3 p.m. today, she said.

Piotter is the ninth death at Keystone this season. He is the third skier or snowboarder to die of a medical condition. Two of the deaths were employees, and four were the result of in-bounds collisions.

Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or

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