And while the vast majority of skiers and snowboarders who visited here in 2016 had a great time, the resorts were also the setting for a number of tragedies.
Between January and April, we've told the stories about nine people who died at Colorado ski areas, beginning with Logan Salviano and ending yesterday, we hope, with the passing of CSU student Catie Abeyta.
Here's another look at all of their stories, complete with links to our original coverage. We send our sincere condolences to their friends, family and loved ones.
Logan Salviano, R.I.P.: First Colorado Skiing Death of 2016?
January 11, 2016
Each year, the excitement and joy associated with Colorado skiing is tempered by sadness over deaths that take place on the slopes.
Witness the outpouring of grief over the death of Logan Salviano, a 25-year-old who died skiing at Vail last week.
Salviano appears to be the first person to die of a skiing-related accident in Colorado during the 2015-2016 ski season.
The "About" section of Salviano's Facebook page notes that he was a native of Little Falls, New Jersey, who studied philosophy and religion at Pace University in New York
At the time of his death, he was working at Two Elk Lodge in Vail and living in Avon, according to the page.
....Salviano was last seen on Tuesday, January 5, and reported missing the next day, Wednesday, January 6.
Then, on Thursday, January 7, a body was discovered just off an expert run on the front side of Vail Mountain.
The Eagle County coroner subsequently identified the person in question as Salviano.
His death has been ruled accidental.
Jason Taylor, R.I.P.: Boulder Artist Killed in Keystone Skiing Accident
February 18, 2016
The news has been slow in getting out.... [Taylor] actually passed away on January 20 and has already been laid to rest in Manchester-By-the-Sea, Massachusetts, where his parents live.
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.
Sam Beall, R.I.P.: Tennessee Luxury Hotelier Killed Skiing at Beaver Creek
March 2, 2016
A 39-year-old father of five, Beall was the proprietor of Blackberry Farm, a luxury hotel in Walland, Tennessee, not far from Nashville, which went from a family property to a national travel destination....
Here's his bio from the hotel's website:
Beall was born at Blackberry Farm and makes it his family’s home today. Falling in love with the woods and the fields of Tennessee, the farm drew him back after living 14 years in Alabama when his father’s business was based in Mobile, Alabama. After attending The University of Tennessee and The California Culinary Academy, Sam had the good fortune to apprentice at The French Laundry, where he worked in the dining room, the kitchen and the garden. Also, working at the Ritz-Carlton, Cowgirl Creamery and California wineries, he fell in love with heirloom ingredients, artisanal food products, wine and a way of life not previously seen to his years growing up.This rich life was tragically cut short on Thursday, February 25, when, according to the Vail Daily, Beall died of blunt-force trauma after crashing into a post that holds signs on a Beaver Creek ski run.
As the proprietor, Sam honors his parents by protecting and evolving the unique place that they originally discovered in 1976. During his leadership, the farm has seen the evolution of the Farmstead, the Wellhouse, expansion of retail program, the creation of two new restaurants, and the accumulation of accolades ranging from Travel + Leisure’s Number 1 hotel in North America, Bon Appetit’s #1 Hotel for Food Lovers, and three James Beard Awards. Along with his wife, Mary Celeste, and their five children, Sam lives — and cooks — from the farm. Blackberry Farm is, to him, not simply a business, but his life, and he brings equal measures of passion, celebration and knowledge to Blackberry Farm and the effort to continue to raise the level of service and experience to new heights.
Christopher Dutko, R.I.P.: Memorial Ride Planned for Skier Killed at Breckenridge
March 7, 2016
A Pennsylvanian who had been working at Breckenridge, Dutko, 26, died after smashing into a tree — and this Friday, a memorial ride at his home ski area is planned in his memory.
The slogan of the event: "We Ride for Dutko."
...Dutko was on Breck's Sundown run this past Tuesday, March 1, when he hit another skier.
He lost control after the collision and struck a tree.
He was not wearing a helmet.
After Dutko's death, a GoFundMe page was launched.
As this introduction notes, his death was only the latest experienced by the family.
On March 1, 2016 a good buddy of mine and many others, Chris Dutko, was sadly killed in a freak skiing accident. Although he died doing what he loved, this whole situation is traumatic to those who were close to Chris, especially his family. Chris moved out here to Colorado this season to follow his dreams and passions with his girlfriend, Maddy. As one of Chris' friends and coworkers, it was obvious that he positively impacted everyone he met. Recently the Dutko family has not only lost a brother/son but also a mother/wife.Continue for more remembrances of people who died at Colorado ski areas in 2016.