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Girl, 14, dies after skiing accident at Breckenridge in Colorado

A 14-year-old girl died late this morning after an accident on the slopes at Breckenridge in Colorado.

Vail Resorts, which operates Breckenridge, confirmed the news but did not release the name of the girl. The accident occurred on an intermediate trail called Spruce. The girl reportedly was wearing a helmet and might have struck a tree. 

She was administered to by emergency personnel and transported to Breckenridge Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Breckenridge has issued a media release stating: "Breckenridge Ski Resort, Breckenridge Ski Patrol and the Vail Resorts family extend their deepest sympathy and support to the family and friends of the young woman."

It's the first known fatality involving a skier or snowboarder this season in Colorado, and perhaps the first nationally. Breckenridge opened Nov. 12.

-- Pete Thomas

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She is our 2nd cousin (I think that's it). I got the news this morning. She was and still is a vibrant life force and we will all be worse off without her. It made us hug our kids extra today.

She was one of my son's friends, and a skating buddy, he's devastated. We'll miss her so much.

Extra sad because she and her family were taking the precaution of having her wear a helmet.

My condolences to this young lady's family and friends.

Just sad.


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