Videos: Keystone death marks fourth official ski-resort casualty of season

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On January 14, we reported about the tragic death of Sean Teater, the third official ski-resort casualty of the season.

This weekend, unfortunately, that number increased by one: A thus-far-unidentified 46-year-old man died while skiing at Keystone, despite wearing a helmet.

We've got details about his sad passing, including videos, as well as information about how resort fatalities are calculated.

As we've reported, the resorts themselves have established the rules about whether skiing deaths are counted toward the official total -- and this standard excludes those that are outside boundaries where the public is allowed to ski, even if they're otherwise on the ski area's property.

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A photo from Tony Seibert's Facebook page.
As such, the death of Tony Seibert, grandson of Vail Mountain's founder, isn't included in the official death count, since he and friends were in East Vail Chutes, outside the boundaries of the ski area; a Vail Resort plan describes it as "an extremely steep, avalanche prone bowl that drains down to Interstate 70 or to East Vail." And indeed, an avalanche was triggered, taking Seibert's life.

In contrast, the Keystone death appears to have taken place on a public area of the resort. According to the Summit County coroner's office, the man was traveling between a pair of intermediate runs, Porcupine and Bighorn.

Here's a Keystone video from last month highlighting conditions on Porcupine, which is said to have "a nice, even pitch to it and great views."

And here's a helmet-cam video depicting Bighorn:

As noted above, the man was wearing a helmet at the time of the Keystone accident, which took place around 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 8. However, he died of blunt force chest trauma after hitting a tree.

Our condolences to the man's friends, family and loved ones.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our News archive circa January 14: "Sean Teater among three ski season fatalities so far, death of Vail icon's grandson isn't included."

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14 comments
GuestWho
GuestWho

Skiing is more dangerous than people seem to think...probably as dangerous as football or rock climbing in a lot of ways.  Many world-class skiers have serious health problems as a result of skiing because skiing is dangerous...even if you are good at it.

Matt Willey
Matt Willey

I ski Keystone frequently, and often see people riding/skiing above their ability. Not saying this is what happened in this case, but just because you have the equiptment and a helmet, doesn't mean you can ski anywhere you want. Be smart, and be safe! If your not an advanved skiier, stay off advanced terrain! It's not only dangerous for you, but everyone else around you!

Joe Schwab
Joe Schwab

Chest trauma has less than nothing to do with a helmet being involved

Erica Eyer
Erica Eyer

To be honest, i did not read the article. Just blows my mind how many people can find death. Just wonder if folks are not paying attention or are skiing above their skill level.

Mel Ćurković
Mel Ćurković

Hmmm... Chest impact... why even mention a helmet? Just be safe and don't take unnecessary risks, like going through woods at speed.

Scott McMahon
Scott McMahon

And besides..a helmet protects your skull, but your brain keeps moving; smashing itself against the inside of your skull, back and forth like jello. That's quite often why people come out of car accidents with major brain damage.

Scott McMahon
Scott McMahon

If you read it, it says blunt for CHEST trauma no?

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

People skiing into trees has always had bad results, helmet or no helmet.

Erica Eyer
Erica Eyer

Ive been skiing at Keystone and all ski areas in Colorado since the early 80s with no helmet. i dont understand how people can die while wearing a helmet. what the hell are these people doing?!

Matthew Watson
Matthew Watson

Kid had a helmet too, Id imagine, at 46, kid was fairly familiar in tree skiing 101...godspeed sir

Matthew Watson
Matthew Watson

Keystone is notorious for skier deaths resulting from impact with trees...the trees at Keystone are not all that dense or steep, however the sub-snow snags are plentiful at that ski area; tree stumps and new tree sprouts are many at Keystone.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Erica Eyer  ... helmets don't help when you get stuck inverted in a tree well

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