17-year-old girl dies after skiing into tree at Winter Park Resort

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WINTER PARK, Colo. -- A teenager died Wednesday after crashing into a tree at Winter Park Resort.

The 17-year-old girl hit a tree on Forget-Me-Not, an intermediate trail in Parsenn Bowl, about 12:30 p.m.

Members of the ski patrol transported her to the emergency room at the base of the resort, but she did not survive her injuries.

No one else was involved in her crash. The girl has not been identified.

"Winter Park Resort extends its deepest condolences to the woman’s family in the wake of this tragic accident,” the resort said in a statement.

It’s the fifth ski-related death at Colorado resorts this season.

On Dec. 19, 48-year-old Kevin Pitts of Longmont died at Breckenridge Ski Resort after colliding with a tree on Alpine Alley run, not far from the Imperial Express SuperChair.

On Dec. 29, a 40-year-old Texas woman died after falling from a chairlift at Ski Granby Ranch that was caused by mechanical problem.

Kelly Huber of San Antonio fell 25 feet and was pronounced dead at a Granby hospital. Her 12-year-old and 9-year-old daughters were injured in the fall.

On Jan. 12, 47-year-old Sean Haberthier of Denver, was reported missing from Breckenridge. The next day, he was found on Lower Boneyard, an expert run not far from the Peak 8 lift.

Haberthier was taken to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco where he was pronounced dead of a severe skull fracture after skiing into a tree. He was not wearing a helmet.

On Feb. 10, a 26-year-old man from Mexico died on an advance run while skiing at Breckenridge. The resort’s ski patrol responded to the incident, but the man was declared dead at the scene.

The man has not been identified. The resort did not say where on the property the man died or the circumstances surrounding his death.