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January 23, 2012
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Man dies in avalanche at Mary Jane

WINTER PARK, Colorado - The man who died in a small avalanche at Mary Jane on Sunday has been identified as Christopher Norris, 28, of Evergreen, according to Grand County Coroner Brenda Bock.

He died from asphyxiation after being buried in the snow, Bock said. She said she couldn't pinpoint the exact time of death, but it was early afternoon.

The Sunnyside Lift at Mary Jane was closed this morning in the wake of the death. Resort officials said the Ski Patrol conducted a terrain assessment on the mountain this morning and reopened everything but Sunnyside Lift.

Winter Park Police responded Sunday evening to a fatality at resort. Resort officials said the man was unresponsive when Ski Patrol members reached him and began CPR.

Police Chief Glen Trainor said that Winter Park Ski Patrol recovered the body of the man, who had been skiing with his father-in-law at the resort.

The father-in-law last saw his son-in-law about 1 p.m. and reported him missing later in the day. The skier was found in a tree area between Trestle and Roundhouse trails in the debris field of a small snow slide in a gully.


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