Jason Taylor, R.I.P.: Boulder Artist Killed in Keystone Skiing Accident

Some good news: This year, there have been far fewer ski area deaths in Colorado than during several recent years.

By February 8 of 2012, for example, eleven people had died on Colorado slopes.

In contrast, we've only published a single item this season about a ski-area death prior to today: Logan Salviano died at Vail last month.

But that's small consolation to those in the circle of Jason Taylor, known to his friends as Jay, who lost his life during an accident at Keystone Resort.

The news has been slow in getting out. Although the Boulder Daily Camera's piece about Taylor is brand-new, he actually passed away on January 20 and has already been laid to rest in Manchester-By-the-Sea, Massachusetts, where his parents live.

According to the Camera, Taylor, who worked as a glass artist in Boulder and enjoyed a slew of outdoor activities in addition to skiing, died after colliding with a tree on Elk Run, a popular spot not far from Wapiti Peak.

The following video depicts Elk Run at Outback and the North Bowl at Wapiti Peak.

We send our sincere condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of Jason Taylor.

In addition, we offer our hope that the casualty figures at Colorado ski resorts continue to shrink to the point where posts like this one become obsolete.

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