Skier dies after falling from jump at Copper
January 14, 2007
COPPER MOUNTAIN ” A 17-year-old man from Crested Butte died Sunday morning at St. Anthony’s Central Hospital after landing on his head off of a jump at Copper Mountain Resort.
Crested Butte resident Asher Crank, a student and competitive skier for the Crested Butte Academy, was skiing a jump at the Copper Mountain Catalyst Terrain Park on the Loverly Trail when he landed on his head from a 30-foot height, according to Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Copper Mountain Ski Patrol took Crank off the hill and “they could tell he was pretty seriously injured,” Richardson said.
Crank arrived at St. Anthony’s Central via Flight for Life at 10:50 a.m. Saturday. He died at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Richardson said the cause of death was a closed head injury.
This is the third skier death reported in Summit County for this winter season. A 20-year-old skier died in December after hitting a tree at Keystone and a 21-year-old skier died last week after colliding with a tree at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Lindsey Krusen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 668-4620.