22-year-old CU student dies after hitting tree at Eldora

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Rob Miles died when he hit a tree while skiing at Eldora Ski Resort.

Rob Miles died when he hit a tree while skiing at Eldora Ski Resort.

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BOULDER, Colo. — A 22-year-old University of Colorado student was killed at Eldora Ski Resort on Monday after he collided with a tree while skiing.

Rob Miles was reported missing about 9 p.m. on Monday, according to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. Resort employees subsequently searched the slopes and found his body near the Jolly Jug ski run.

Miles’ car was found in the resort parking lot. There are no signs that a crime was committed, police said.

The Daily Camera reported Miles was a senior who was double-majoring in environmental engineering and music.

CU senior Catherine Atkins told the Camera, dealing with Miles death has been “heartwrenching.”

He was a member of the Theta Tau engineering fraternity, loved CU basketball and was a talented musician, friends said.

“He was an amazing bassoon player, and he could talk your ear off about all the symphonic bands he was in,” Atkins said. “His two passions were music and the fraternity.”

The accident is the second death on Eldora’s slopes since 2000.

There were 10 deaths directly related to skiing or snowboarding at Colorado resorts during the 2013-2014 ski season, according to Colorado Ski Country USA.

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