According to Summit Daily, a 48-year-old man died after striking a tree on an advanced run called Alpine Alley at Breckenridge Ski Resort a little after 1 p.m. on Monday, December 19th, 2016. The Summit County 911 center received a call at 1:17 p.m. regarding a man that had hit a tree in-bounds at the resort. Breckenridge Ski Patrol sprung into action and they rushed him to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center’s Breckenridge Medical Center at the base of Peak 9. Despite all efforts, Kevin Pitts, the victim, was pronounced dead at 1:42p.m. yesterday.
“Breckenridge Ski Resort, Breckenridge ski patrol and the entire Vail Resorts family extend our deepest sympathy and support to our guest’s family and friends,” John Buhler, vice president and COO of Breckenridge Ski Resort, said in the statement.
Kevin Pitts was described as an ‘expert skier’ by his friends and family, which really hits home knowing that it can happen to anyone. This fatality marks the state’s first snow sport fatality for the 2016-17 season. Last season, there were nine people died while skiing or snowboarding in Colorado.
The Summit County Coroner confirmed Kevin’s wife, Rebecca, and their two teenage children were with him at the resort. Pitts, a Colorado native who grew up in Loveland, would have turned 49 on Dec. 28. Just remember to be safe on the mountain because situations like this can happen to anyone, no matter their ability level. Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends.