CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — A Husson University football player died at Sugarloaf Tuesday morning after he skied off a steep trail into the woods, authorities said.
Stephen Colvin, 21, of Hoosick, N.Y., was skiing with three other men, including two teammates, when the accident occurred, according to Carrabassett Valley Police Chief Mark Lopez. Colvin was on the difficult Hayburner trail when he apparently lost control.
Members of the Sugarloaf Ski Patrol responded to the accident at roughly 9:30 a.m. and transported Colvin to the Sugarloaf First Aid Clinic while performing CPR. Paramedics from Northstar Ambulance continued CPR at the clinic, where he was pronounced dead.
Lopez said Colvin was not wearing a helmet.
“We’re tremendously saddened to learn of the loss of a skier at our mountain today,” said John Diller, general manager at the resort, in a news release. “Sugarloaf skiers and riders are a close-knit group, and a loss like this is felt throughout the community. I know I speak for the entire community when I say our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”
Hayburner is rated as a black diamond, or “Most Difficult” trail located in the central part of the mountain. Snow conditions Tuesday at Sugarloaf were described as “packed powder” and “loose granular.” The Hayburner trail was groomed Monday night, according to the release.
The Carrabassett Valley Police Department and the state medical examiner’s office are investigating the matter further, Lopez said.
Husson University football coach Gabby Price said the university community was devastated by Colvin’s death.
Price met with the team Tuesday evening.
“He was very well-liked by everyone,” said Price. “He loved school, he loved football.”
Price said Colvin was an avid outdoorsman and skier. Colvin enjoyed being busy and lifted weights religiously. He was always happy and upbeat, said the Husson coach.
Colvin was a sophomore, but this was his first year at Husson.
He was a defensive end who had 12 tackles, 11 assists and two sacks in eight games for the Eagles. He forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.
Even though he was undersized for the position, Price said Colvin didn’t let it prevent him from being an impactful player.
“He was tenacious,” said Price.
BDN writers Ryan McLaughlin and Larry Mahoney, and editor Michael J. Dowd contributed to this report