Boulder food company says owner dies after ski accident


BOULDER |  The owner of a Colorado outdoor food company has died following an accident at a ski resort, the company said.

A 55-year-old man died Jan. 1 as a result of injuries suffered at the Eldora Mountain Resort Dec. 30, The Daily Camera reports.

Boulder-based Backpacker’s Pantry said in a social media post that the skier was Rodney Smith, the company owner and president.

“Rodney was involved in a fatal ski accident at Eldora Resort outside of Boulder while skiing with his two sons,” the company’s post said. “He left us all too soon but went out doing what he enjoyed doing the most, appreciating the outdoors and all it has to offer.”

The Boulder County Coroner’s Office has not yet publicly released the identity of the skier.

Boulder County Sheriff’s Cmdr. Mike Wagner confirmed the death and said the cause of the accident remains under investigation.

A spokesman for the resort outside of Nederland, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of Denver, said there were no witnesses to the apparent collision with a tree around 10:30 a.m.

First responders performed CPR and the skier was airlifted an hour later to Boulder Community Health’s Foothills Hospital, the spokesman said.