Man killed by falling tree at Colorado ski resort

A fallen tree blocks a hiking trail
The resort employee was performing trail maintenance when the tragedy occurred (Image credit: Dominik Staniek / EyeEm)

An employee has been killed by a falling tree while carrying out maintenance at a Colorado ski resort.

According to a news release by Boulder County Sheriff's Office, the 52-year-old man was assisting with trail maintenance at Eldora Mountain Ski Resort near Nederland when the incident occurred on Thursday morning.

The Sheriff's office reports that it received a 911 call shortly after 10 a.m. that the man was undergoing CPR after sustaining life-threatening injuries.

"Medical care was immediately performed by ski patrol, and a Flight for Life Colorado helicopter was en route, but unfortunately, he died on-scene while aid was being rendered," states the release, which does not identify the man, but confirms that the death does not appear to be suspicious.

Though your risk of being hit by a falling tree – also known as a hazard tree  – is very low, such incidents do occur and can be deadly. On March 6, we reported on a Washington state hiker who was struck and killed by a tree while hiking with a group in Olympic National Park

Though the pine beetle infestation, which has been responsible for a surge in hazard trees in Colorado, is finally in decline, the University of Colorado Boulder reports there is a rise in trees dying in the state due to increasingly hot and dry weather. You are more likely to be struck by a tree if you remain in one spot, and can keep yourself safer by staying aware and avoiding areas known for hazard trees.

Read our article on hazard trees to learn more about the risks and what steps you can take to keep yourself safe.

Julia Clarke

Julia Clarke is a staff writer for and the author of the book Restorative Yoga for Beginners. She loves to explore mountains on foot, bike, skis and belay and then recover on the the yoga mat. Julia graduated with a degree in journalism in 2004 and spent eight years working as a radio presenter in Kansas City, Vermont, Boston and New York City before discovering the joys of the Rocky Mountains. She then detoured west to Colorado and enjoyed 11 years teaching yoga in Vail before returning to her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland in 2020 to focus on family and writing.