Third skier dies this season after hitting tree at Keystone Ski Resort |

Third skier dies this season after hitting tree at Keystone Ski Resort

A skier died after hitting a tree at Keystone Ski Resort on Wednesday, marking the third ski-related death at the resort this season.

At roughly 2 p.m., the Eagle County Coroner’s Office responded to the death of Christopher Martin, 43, a Georgia native who had recently relocated to Conifer, Colo. He was skiing on Anticipation, an intermediate run, when he lost control and collided with a tree. He was wearing a helmet at the time.

Martin was brought to St. Anthony’s Keystone Medical Clinic following the collision and died soon after. The coroner has ruled the death accidental. The cause was blunt force trauma.

The Wednesday incident is the third death at Keystone this season and the second caused by impact with a tree. In mid-December, a Silverthorne local died after hitting a tree on Spring Dipper, followed in late January by an 18-year-old Air Force Academy cadet who died after a collision on Elk Run.

All three victims were wearing helmets.

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