Snowboarder Killed After Hitting Tree At Keystone

KEYSTONE, Colo. (CBS4) – A 24-year-old man from Florida has died after hitting a tree while snowboarding at Keystone.

Officials said Joshua B. Allen from Tampa, Fla. was snowboarding in the trees on the Elk Run and had a helmet. He was flown from the scene to Summit Medical Center for stabilization for a flight to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood.

Allen died in the emergency room at St. Anthony Hospital.

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  • Rob

    inaccurate reporting. He was not (skiing in the trees) He fell about the middle of the slope and slid all the way to the edge and off the trail into the trees. I was there.

    • Carol

      Hi Rob, he was my sister’s boyfriend. :( Please give me details. He was an AMAZING guy. He was the guy you’d want your daughter, sister, friend to marry. We miss him so much. Still can’t believe this happened.

    • Darryl

      Josh was a really great guy. He was full of energy and well thought of by those of us who’ve had the distinct pleasure to know and work with him. He touched a great many lives on our Project and was considered one of the best we have to offer. Rest peacefully, young brother. You will be missed.

  • Jeff

    I had the unfortunate experience of being at Keystone in the area at the time of the accident. It was obvious that Josh slid into the trees from the main slope. The conditions of the slopes in the area were terrible. The whole side of a mountain was a sheet of ice. From the lift, I witnessed others fall and slide hundreds of yards down the slopes because of how icy the slopes were. Difficult conditions for even the most advanced skier or boarder. Keystone should be ashamed of how they managed the slopes that day.

    My condolences to his friends and family

    • Carol

      Jeff, thank you for your input. It is good to know what really happened?! My sister keeps trying to understand what REALLY happened. I don’t really agree that she needs details but I understand her position and respect that for her to have some closure she needs all information she can get. I wasn’t there but I agree with you. His death was number 14 this season!!!! Obviously, something is up.Furthermore, the least Keystone could do at this point it’d be to cover all his funeral expenses. RIP Josh, you are missed! Nothing we can say or do will bring Josh back. I just hope my sister and his family find the comfort they need.

  • Rob

    Carol, my sympathies go out to all of Josh’s family and friends. We were stopped taking a break when we saw Josh coming down. He was going very fast and it was obvious he was about to wipe out. He was trying to slow down but you could hear his edges just sliding on the ice. He fell about the middle of the slope but then slid 50 yards or more down and angled to the side. I don,t think he had slowed down at all by the time he went off into the trees. After a second or two, we couldn,t really see too good that far, but heard his snowboard smack a tree. We skiied down to find him laying in a tree well,he was kind of on his side and face down. He let out a small groan so I left to alert ski patrol, the bottom of the lift was not too far away, while my friend brushed some snow away from his face so he could breath and our two boys were flagging down more help. I have nothing but praise for the Keystone ski patrol. They were there with the trama unit very quickly and worked hard to revive him. They did an amazing job. I,m sorry for your loss.

    • Carol

      Rob, Thank you so much for doing what you did. May God bless you and your boys for trying to help Josh. I am glad ski patrol was quick; however, do you agree that maintenance of the slope could have been better? It is so sad to know that a great guy like Josh died like this. He had a bright future ahead and he made my little sister so HAPPY. For that, I will always love Josh. Loris was always glowing around him and when she spoke of him. When they entered a room everyone looked at them, beautiful, radiant , happy couple. He loved snowboarding. On 02/18/2012 was the last time I spoke with him, his eyes just lit up talking about his trip, how much he loved numbers. Sweetheart! He took a picture holding my baby and joked with us. What a great night! I wish I knew what was about to happen so I could have tried to stop him or at least say thank you for making my baby sister so happy. He was gentleman, kind, funny and ALWAYS had a smile on his face. Talk about Charisma- Josh!! God bless you and thank you for what you did.

  • Janet

    HI, My husband worked with Josh on The I-4 corridor job. He has not stopped talking about Josh, since his accident. He is besides himself. As others have said Josh was a wonderful young man with lots going for him. We have 2 daughters around Josh’s age and my husband has repeatedly said, he was the kind of guy you would want your daughters to marry. He is greatly missed by my husband. I would love to be able to get information about any type of services that will be taking place. My husband would like to attend. Thank you. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.

    • Carol

      Do you have an e-mail address so I can send you the information?

  • Carol

    Hi Janet, his services will be March 9th and 10th. I will ask my sister more information. I know they will be held in Deland, FL. What’s your husband’s name? Yes, he was the guy you’d want your daughter to marry. He made my sister sooooooooooooooooo HAPPY and they were so happy together. It was beautiful. God has a great ANGEL up there with him.

  • Janet

    Thank you Carol for getting back to me. I have been out of town. My husband, Richard McGlamory has received the information about the services for Josh through work. He plans on being there. Thanks again. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

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