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.
His Facebook gallery contains numerous portraits, many of them with a backdrop of beautiful Colorado scenery. Here's one example....
As for what happened this past week, the Vail Daily reports that 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.
In mid-December, 70-year-old James Wasicka died at the Steamboat Ski Area, but his death appears to have come as a result of natural causes, not a fall. Routt County coroner Rob Ryg told Steamboat Today, "It wasn't a crash. It wasn't a tree."
As such, Salviano appears to be the first skiing-related accident victim of the season.
After his death, a GoFundMe page was created in Salviano's memory.
The introduction to the page reads:
On January 7, 2016 my cousin, Logan Salviano, was tragically killed in a snowboarding accident in Vail, Colorado. Logan was a kind and gentle soul who did the "right things" in life. He graduated from college and worked while traveling the states having fun and enjoying life. He was a caring and sensitive brother, son, and person. I would like to support my uncle by raising funds to offset the exorbitant funeral costs. Please help if you can. Thank you in advance.
At this writing, $2,650 has been pledged toward a goal of $20,000.
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