Photo from Steamboat’s Website.
UPDATE: Authorities say a skier who died at Colorado’s Steamboat Resort suffocated after falling headfirst into a tree well. Fifty-three-year-old Frank Maimone of Philadelphia was found unresponsive Saturday at the bottom of an expert trail and pronounced dead at the hospital.
Coroner Rob Ryg says it’s difficult to tell how long he had been in the tree well. Falling into deep, loose snow can immobilize skiers and snowboarders and lead to suffocation. The National Association of Ski Areas suggests avoiding the bases of trees if possible, especially in deep snow or windblown conditions, and skiing or snowboarding with a partner.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado authorities say a skier has died at the Steamboat Resort after falling into a tree well.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today reported 53-year-old Frank Maimone of Philadelphia was found on an expert ski trail Saturday afternoon.
Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg says Maimone died at the UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. The Steamboat Ski Patrol performed CPR throughout Maimone’s transport from the resort to the hospital. The coroner says there was no visible trauma but a cause of death had yet to be determined. An autopsy report was expected to be released Monday.