Ski Accident Claims Alamedan

An Alameda native passed away late last month due to injuries suffered as a result of a ski accident.

Jacob Koltun was enjoying a ski outing at the Breckenridge Ski Resort in Breckenridge, Col. when the accident occurred Monday, Feb. 23. The 22 year old was skiing without a helmet on the mountain’s Peak 7 area — a part of the resort’s terrain for expert skiers, according to the Summit County Coroner’s report.

Koltun was transported to nearby Breckenridge Medical Center after the accident where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The time of the accident is unknown, but the Summit County Coroner’s Office was summoned to the hospital at 2:30 p.m. that Monday.

The coroner’s office said Koltun’s death appeared to be an accident. Officials did not elaborate on the nature of his death or what killed him, but it was that he suffered multiple skull fractures stemming from the accident.

"No further information is available at this time," the coroner’s office said in a news release.

Koltun moved to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011. Koltun was a senior studying English at the university.

Koltun loved the outdoors, according to his Facebook page, where multiple posts were dedicated to skiing, hiking and surfing. But skiing was his main passion. The Alamedan worked at two publications about skiing, Ski Magazine and Skiing Magazine, according to his Facebook page.

Koltun was scheduled to graduate later this spring.

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