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

November 20, 2009 |  3:20 pm

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