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Minnesotan dies in ski accident

Associated Press

VAIL, Colo. -- A 28-year-old Minnesota man died while skiing on an expert run at Vail Mountain on Saturday, the resort said.

Jacob Vanvalkenburg died of a neck injury after falling on the Blue Ox ski run, Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis said. He was from St. Louis Park, Minn.

No one witnessed the fall, resort spokeswoman Jen Brown said.

The Ski Patrol responded around 10 a.m., and Vanvalkenburg was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

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"He just fell and was not wearing a helmet," Bettis said.

There have been at least six accidental deaths at Colorado resorts this season.

Three snowboarders died after colliding with trees at Vail, Breckenridge and Winter Park; a 13-year-old ski racer died at Vail in a collision with a resort snowmobile; and another man died of a seizure disorder while snowboarding at Vail.

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