21-Year-Old Skier Dies After Hitting A Tree At Breckenridge Resort, CO On Sunday

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Breckenridge Ski Resort. Image: Breckenridge

A 21-year-old male skier died after hitting a tree at Breckenridge Resort, CO on Sunday. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call at 3:54 pm on Sunday. It’s unknown if the victim was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

In an update this morning on Summit Daily News, the skier has been identified as Daniel Giger, a University of Colorado Boulder student and native of Newport Beach, CA who was at the resort for the day with friends, according to Summit County Coroner Regan Wood.

Breckenridge Ski Resort confirmed the death on Monday, offering condolences to those close to Giger.

“On behalf of Breckenridge Ski Resort, Breckenridge Ski Patrol and Vail Resorts, we send our condolences and support to our guest’s family and friends,” said John Buhler, the resort’s vice president and chief operating officer, in a written statement.

Summit County Sheriff’s Office Press Release:

According to a release from Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Giger collided with a tree sometime before 4 p.m. He was transported to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco after Breckenridge Ski Patrol responded to the incident on an intermediate trail on Peak 7. After further emergency care and evaluation, Giger was pronounced deceased while at the hospital.

Breckenridge Ski Resort, CO earlier this season. Image: Breckenridge Ski Resort Facebook

This is the third fatality in Colorado in recent weeks. Bindu Pomeroy, 44, was killed snowboarding in the Vail backcountry late last month after landing head first while jumping off a cliff. Bill Brockmueller, 26, passed away at Boulder Community Health’s Foothills Hospital on Dec. 10, six days after colliding with a tree at Eldora Mountain Resort.

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