James Charles Longino III, 25, a summer graduate of the University of Maryland who had been working since September as a night auditor at the Mark Resort in Vail, Colo., died Nov. 26 at a hospital in Vail after a skiiing accident on Vail Mountain.

The Eagle County, Colo., sheriffs office said Mr. Longino was skiing on the mountain with two friends. He and his friends were separated after Mr. Longino skied into a wooded area covered with deep powder snow.

Mr. Longino apparently fell head-first into the snow and was discovered several minutes later and given cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital. The sheriff's office said death resulted from suffocation and secondary coronary effects.

Mr. Longino's father, Rear Admiral James Charles Longino Jr., died while skiing in Switzerland in 1977.

Mr. Longino was born in New York City and attended Colorado Alpine College and the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Maryland. b

While serving in the Army on Okinawa as a calibrating specialist, he was selected soldier of the month five times.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah, a daughter, Sarah Michele, and a son, Jamie, all of Carbondale, Colo.; his mother, Mrs. James Charles Longino Jr. of Washington; and three sisters, Helen, of Oakland, Calif., Michele Farrell of Ottawa, Canada, and Virginia Jordan of London, England.