Collison kills skier at Aspen Highlands
A 52-year-old man from the Netherlands died Sunday after he hit a tree at Aspen Highlands, according to the Aspen Skiing Co. The collision happened just before noon while the man was skiing in the trees next to South Castle Chute, an expert run to skier’s right of the Deep Temerity chairlift, according to a news release from the Skico. He was reportedly skiing with a woman, who contacted other skiers after the accident. Those skiers relayed the message to ski patrol, which responded at 11:52 a.m. and found the man unresponsive and without a pulse. “It was a collision with a tree that killed him,” said Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle, who noted that the man was wearing a helmet. No cause of death has officially been confirmed, but the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office will perform an autopsy. The man is the fifth person to die at an Aspen ski area this year, though only the second as a result of trauma. Chris Bove, a ski instructor with Challenge Aspen, died Feb. 11 after he hit a tree at Snowmass.