First Colorado Ski Area Death of 2014-2015 Season?: Body Found at Eldora's Jolly Jug

Today, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office released preliminary information about what appears to be the first skier death at a Colorado resort during the 2014-2015 season. The location: a run at Eldora with the upbeat name Jolly Jug.

See also: Garrett Spencer, Record-Setting 19th Colorado Ski Area Death, Being Laid to Rest, published in March 2012

One of Eldora's more popular runs, Jolly Jug is featured in the following three videos:

At 9 p.m. on Monday, the BCSO notes, deputies received word of a missing-person report, with the caller saying that a 22-year-old from Boulder had spent the day skiing at Eldora but hadn't returned.

Deputies soon found the man's car in the Eldora lot. Shortly thereafter, employees began combing the resort, and they found the victim's body.

The victim appears to have struck a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Thus far, the Boulder County coroner's office hasn't identified him.

The skier was found "slightly off of the Jolly Jug ski run," the BCSO points out -- and how far off will determine whether his death will count toward the official tally kept by Colorado Ski Country USA. The organization doesn't include fatalities that take place off resort property.

Either way, the incident remains a tragedy for the man's friends, family and loved ones. Our sincere condolences.

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