Vail Resorts, coroner confirm skier death on Vail Mountain |

Vail Resorts, coroner confirm skier death on Vail Mountain

A 20-year-old man from Leawood, Kansas, was pronounced dead after serious on-mountain incident

Vail Daily staff report

Vail Resorts announced Wednesday that a 20-year-old man from Leawood, Kansas, has died after a serious incident on Vail Mountain. Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis confirmed the death. The man has been identified as Connor Vande Garde.

“Vail Mountain, Ski Patrol and the entire Vail Resorts family extend our deepest sympathy and support to our guest’s family and friends,” said Beth Howard, vice president and chief operating officer at Vail Mountain, in a Vail Resorts release.

According to Vail Resorts, the man was transported to Vail Health Hospital after ski patrol responded to a skier incident on an intermediate trail in Blue Sky Basin. After further emergency care and evaluation, the male was pronounced deceased.

Read more about skier deaths in Colorado in our in-depth three-part series.

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