2nd skier dies at Breckenridge in four days
A skier died at Breckenridge Ski Resort on Thursday, becoming the ski area’s second on-mountain death in four days.
Krzysztof Kostelic, 46, was visiting Breckenridge on a ski vacation from Rolling Meadows, Illinois, when he died after skiing into a tree on Northstar, an intermediate run between Peaks 7 and 8.
Summit County Coroner Regan Wood said Kostelic was wearing a helmet and may have had a medical issue that led to the accident. She has ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Ski patrol responded to the incident immediately, providing advanced life support and transporting Kostelic to the Breckenridge Medical Center after receiving a call at 9:48 a.m.
The coroner’s office was alerted at 10:41 a.m. and has not released further information.
Kostelic’s death comes three days after a 22-year-old University of Colorado student died after skiing expert terrain on Peak 7.
A third skier died at Breckenridge this season, on Nov. 15, from natural causes. Aspen Mountain recorded an out-of-bounds death earlier this week, as well.
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