Steamboat Ski Patrol member dies after last week’s crash |

Steamboat Ski Patrol member dies after last week’s crash

— The Steamboat Ski Patrol member who sustained serious injuries in an accident last week at Steamboat Ski Area died Tuesday afternoon at Denver Health Medical Center.

Michael Fosdick was 63 years old.

“On behalf of my family, we express our deepest appreciation to each of you for your love, support, prayers, and memories of a man who lived his life with joy,” Fosdick’s wife, Martha, posted on a CaringBridge website set up for Fosdick.

According to the ski area, Fosdick was a courtesy patroller with the ski area since 2007. Courtesy patrollers help with on-mountain safety but do not provide medical care.

“We lost one of our finest patrollers today who gave up his life to serve others,” Ski Patrol Director John Kohnke wrote on the CaringBridge website.

This ski area released a statement Wednesday.

“We are deeply saddened across the resort by the loss yesterday afternoon of Mike Fosdick. A courtesy patroller with the resort since 2007, Mike lived his life with a passion to serve others and we know this will continue to feed us all, especially his fellow patrol members. During this difficult time, our hearts and thoughts are with Mike’s family, friends and all those he impacted on and off the mountain.”

No one witnessed Fosdick’s crash Thursday on the upper Rainbow trail. He was found unresponsive and was flown to Denver health. The Routt County Sheriff’s Office did not know if a medical issue caused the crash.

According to Fosdick’s family, he suffered complicated fractures to his C1 and C2 cervical vertebrae.

“With these fractures came complete damage of the spinal cord at that level, and he has total paralysis from the neck down,” the family wrote Sunday on the CaringBridge page. “This also damaged his ability to breath on his own.”

Fosdick died surrounded by his wife, Martha, his son Tyler, and Tyler’s wife, Bailey, his daughter Amanda and her husband, Kelly, and their son Emmett.

According to the family, at the moment Fosdick stopped breathing, Emmett fell asleep in his mother’s arms.

“Emmett knew in his heart that his “G” was at peace,” the family wrote.

Family members could not immediately be reached Wednesday.

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

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