Man died doing what he loved |

Man died doing what he loved

Gustav "Gus" Herstik, right, with his granddaughter Camille and son Les.
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— Family members on Friday identified the man who died Thursday after falling at Steamboat Ski Area as Gustav “Gus” Herstik.

The 78-year-old was in Steamboat participating in the NASTAR National Championships. Routt County Sheriff’s Office investigators think Herstik had a medical issue.

Herstik’s daughter, Nicole Holmes, said Herstik was an entrepreneur who died doing what he loved best.

“Everyone in the family is so proud of him, and we will all greatly miss him, but we all honestly couldn’t think of any better way for him to leave us,” Holmes said in an email. “He loved skiing and his racing.”

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Holmes said Herstik taught his children to ski at 2 years old, because he wanted them to enjoy the sport as much as he did.

Holmes said Herstik won gold and platinum medals in recent NASTAR races.

Herstik considered Copper Mountain his home mountain.

After falling, Herstik was taken to the base of the ski area and transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center, where he died.

Another skier in his 70s was taken off the mountain Friday with emergency responders performing CPR.

Fire Chief Mel Stewart said the skier was stabilized at Yampa Valley Medical Center and was being flown to another hospital for advanced treatment.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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