A skier and a snowboarder died in separate incidents over the weekend in Colorado. A skier at Keystone, whose identity has not been released, died after colliding with a tree around 12:50 p.m. Sunday.
The second incident involved a snowboarder in Telluride’s Bear Creek backcountry. 47-year-old Gabriel Wright of Telluride was riding with two friends bellow Nellie Mine. FOX Denver reports Wright was considered a professional-level backcountry boarder. He was the last to drop into the area around 2 p.m. Sunday when he had an unwitnessed event resulting in his death.
Evidence on scene and on his snowboard suggests he might have clipped a rock shallowly buried in show while going fast and tumbled forward where he impacted a small log submerged in snow.
His two friends are both CPR certified but it took them 30 minutes to reach him. When they did reach them they could not detect a pulse, they unsuccessfully performed CPR for at least 30 minutes.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the deceased.