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Exploring the systemic lack of transparency surrounding accidental ski deaths in Colorado

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.

Using coroner’s office documents across 16 counties, the Summit Daily was 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.

Hidden Figures

Anatomy of a ski death

The damage done

Click the top right corner to view a full-page map, or click on the icon on the top left for a full list. Zoom into a resort to see where each skier death occurred on the mountain, and click on the skier/snowboarder icon to learn more about who died on the slopes.


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Skier killed in avalanche near Telluride

February 20, 2019

Search crews have recovered the body of a backcountry skier who was caught in an avalanche in southwestern Colorado. The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office says 47 year-old Salvadore Garcia-Atance was buried in the slide near...





Skier who died Sunday at Quandary Peak identified

January 15, 2019

The skier who died after an accident on Quandary Peak on Sunday has been identified as 22-year-old Peter Jacob Wing of Denver, according to Summit County Coroner Regan Wood. Wood said that the manner of...


Backcountry skier died Sunday on Quandary Peak

January 13, 2019

A backcountry skier died Sunday after being critically injured at about 13,400 feet elevation on Quandary Peak. He has not yet been identified. The Summit County Rescue Group responded to the call at about 11:20...


Skier dies at Breckenridge Ski Resort

January 8, 2019

A 71-year-old man died at Breckenridge Ski Resort Monday, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. At about 1:04 p.m. the Summit County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a male skier who was...


Skier who died at Breckenridge on Monday identified

January 8, 2019

The skier who passed away at Breckenridge Ski Resort on Monday has been identified as 71-year-old William Hass of Northbrook, Illinois, according to Summit County Coroner Regan Wood. At about 1:04 p.m. on Monday, the...



Skier dies after crash at Breckenridge Ski Resort

December 17, 2018

A 21-year-old skier passed away at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center on Sunday, succumbing to injuries suffered while at Breckenridge Ski Resort earlier that day. The individual has been identified as Daniel Giger, a University...



Skier fatality at Breckenridge Ski Resort

March 28, 2018

The Summit County Sheriff’s office has confirmed a skier fatality at 3:55 p.m. on Friday, March 23. The sheriff released the following statement: “On March 23, 2018 at approximately 3:55 p.m. the Summit County Sheriff’s...



Skier fatality reported at Breckenridge Ski Resort

March 8, 2018

On March 8, at approximately 9:50 a.m., the Summit County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a skier who collided with a tree at Breckenridge Ski Resort on Peak 8. The skier was transported...