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Posted on: March 19, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Second Telluride Skier Death in 10 Days

Man Killed Skiing at Telluride Ski Resort
-- Second Telluride Skier Death in last 10 days

Contact: Susan Lilly, Public Information Officer 970-729-2028

March 19,2016 -- (Telluride, CO) – A man was killed while skiing with family at the Telluride Ski Resort Saturday afternoon.

George A. Nolan, 69, of Greenwood, South Carolina was skiing with his daughter-in-law on the Coonskin ski run (single black diamond) just after 3pm Saturday. She told Sheriff Deputies he was skiing slightly behind her but then passed her, one ski missing, sliding head-first on his side.

A Telluride Ski Patroller told Sheriff Deputies she was riding Lift 7 when she saw the man sliding at a high rate of speed, both skis off, down from the top of the Coonskin pitch and ultimately into multiple trees.

Telluride Ski Patrollers were immediately dispatched and on scene within minutes. Ski Patrol told Deputies upon arrival the man was pulseless and breathless, and CPR was immediately initiated. A Telluride ambulance was dispatched to stage at the bottom of the ski run. However, Ski Patrol’s resuscitative efforts were not successful.

Sheriff Bill Masters said “We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss and our thoughts are with the family.”

An investigation involving the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office, Telluride Ski Patrol and the San Miguel County Coroner’s Office is underway. No foul play is suspected.

Mr. Nolan was wearing a ski helmet at the time of the incident.

He is survived by his wife, two sons and a brother. He turned 69 March 14th.

This is the second skier death at the Telluride Ski Resort in the last ten days. A 49 yr old man from Colorado Springs died March 9th skiing in the Gold Run area of the resort.

The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office, located in Telluride, Colorado and established in 1883, serves 7,800 residents and countless visitors across the 1,288 square miles of San Miguel County. Sheriff Bill Masters has been serving as the county’s elected Sheriff since 1980.

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