Skier died after hitting sign, coroner says

Posted at 10:48 AM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-02 12:48:37-05

Officials have determined that a 39-year-old man killed in a skiing accident at Beaver Creek Resort died of blunt force trauma to the chest.

Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis said Sam Beall died after hitting a sign attached to a wooden post between runs, according to the coroner. Beall was wearing a helmet.

Beall owned Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, a luxury hotel and event destination in the Great Smoky Mountains.

His toxicology report is not yet available.

The Blackberry Farm website says Beall, "was born at Blackberry Farm and makes it his family’s home today." Beall's father, Sandy Beall, is the founder of the restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday Inc.

Beall leaves behind a wife and five children.


We are deeply shocked and saddened by the untimely death of Sam Beall, our beloved Proprietor. He passed away during a...

Posted by Blackberry Farm on Friday, February 26, 2016


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