Skier dies 4 days af­ter crash

The Florid­ian, 56, had a blood clot from hit­ting a tree.

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jesse Paul

A 56-year-old skier from Florida died last week af­ter crash­ing into a tree off a groomed trail at Wolf Creek Ski Area in south­west­ern Colorado.

Michael Black, a 12-year sea­son pass holder at Wolf Creek who had a sec­ond home in nearby Pagosa Springs, was head­ing down the Sum­mer Days run on March 21 when he fell.

“He went out early in the first hour that we were open and was on a groomed in­ter­me­di­ate run,” said Wolf Creek CEO Davey Pitcher. “No one wit­nessed this, but he said that he lost a ski which re­sulted in him los­ing con­trol and he said he was tom­a­hawk­ing. Un­for­tu­nately, he said that he thought he broke his neck.”

Pitcher said Black, who was wear­ing a hel­met, had skied off the trail and into a tree. He was con­scious and sta­bi­lized on the moun­tain, the re­sort says, telling first re­spon­ders how he had fallen and ad­mit­ting he was prob­a­bly ski­ing too fast. He was taken to med­i­cal care in Pagosa Springs be­fore be­ing flown to St. An­thony Hospi­tal in Lake­wood.

“He never lost con­scious­ness, but he had some se­vere in­juries,” Pitcher said. “I think there were some bone frag­ments in his spinal col­umn, bro­ken ribs and a col­lapsed lung. But we were very hope­ful.”

On March 22, how­ever, Black suf­fered a blood clot.

“He was able to talk to his wife prior to that hap­pen­ing and she was com­ing out from Florida,” Pitcher said. “He was re­moved from life sup­port on March 25.”

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