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Colorado: Deaths on the slopes of Breckenridge and Vail

Deadly accidents mar start of the season

The ski slopes of Breckenridge turned deadly Nov. 18 as 20-year-old Evan Masinni died after colliding with a tree.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY —The jubilation over early season skiing in Colorado was dampened this week by two deaths on the slopes this week, as Evan Massini, 20, died after hitting a tree along the edge of the Northstar trail at Breckenridge Ski Area.

Both accidents happened Friday, Nov. 18.

The accident occurred at about 1 p.m. according to the Summit County coroner, who said Massini was wearing a helmet, but struck the tree with his trunk and had massive internal injuries.

Massini was originally from Westbrook, Connecticut and was in his third year at CU Boulder.

On Vail Mountain, longtime local doctor Charles Tufts died after skiing off a beginner trail and tumbled down an embankment.

According to a statement from Vail Resorts, “Ski patrol provided basic life support and transported the patient to an awaiting ambulance. He was then transported to the Vail Valley Medical Center. The skier was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident, which is under investigation. Vail Mountain, the Vail Ski Patrol and the Vail Resorts family extend their deepest sympathy and support to the family and friends of the skier.

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5 Responses

  1. So sad!

  2. Just plain sad.

  3. i love you evan. never had a best friend like you

  4. Charlie used to be a doctor for the Grateful Dead….he had an interesting life…he was doing what he loved to do….sorry he is gone.

  5. Charlie taught me the correct way to ski bumps and coached me down my first successful attempt. It was an awesome moment. He was a character, a unique soul, and I will always remember him.

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