Student collapses in Outback |

Student collapses in Outback

KEYSTONE – Authorities hope an autopsy will shed light on why an apparently healthy 22-year-old snowboarder collapsed and died at Keystone Resort Thanksgiving Day.

The Maryland college student, whose name was not released Thursday pending notification of his family, was hiking with friends to the Outback bowls in the southeast of the ski area. At approximately noon, the college senior collapsed face-first. His friends summoned ski patrol members, who began cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

A Flight For Life helicopter flew the man to Keystone Medical Center, where doctors pronounced him dead at 1:04 p.m. Keystone spokeswoman Dawn Doty said the 225-pound weightlifter did not appear to be a novice snowboarder and seemed to be in good shape. He is the second guest to die at Keystone this year, the third at Rocky Mountain resorts.

“It’s sad,” Doty said. “They were celebrating Thanksgiving doing something they love.”

Summit County Coroner Dave Joslin said a medical examiner will attempt to determine what caused the man’s death. Joslin said he transported the body to Idaho Springs for the autopsy, which will be conducted at a later date.

Although there were no clues Thursday to indicate an unknown health condition was to blame, Joslin said other presumably healthy, young skiers have died suddenly on the slopes.

On New Year’s Day in 1998, a 15-year-old Fairplay snowboarder died at Breckenridge Ski Resort. The teen collapsed after completing a jump and yelling to friends. An autopsy later showed the boy had an undiagnosed congenital heart defect.

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