Skier death under investigation |

Skier death under investigation

Matt Zalaznick

The man was apparently not involved in a collision and coroners are performing an autopsy, Bettis said Thursday.

“It doesn’t appear he was involved in a collision because there are no signs of trauma,” Bettis said. “But the cause and manner of death, it’s going to be a couple of days until we determine that.”

A call came into Vail Ski Patrol at approximately 3:04 p.m., Wednesday, and ski patrollers responded immediately to attend to Delaney, who was on Eagle’s Nest Ridge, a beginner trail, said Jen Brown, a spokeswoman for Vail Mountain. Delaney was transported to a waiting ambulance that brought him to the Vail Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead later Wednesday afternoon.

Delaney’s death was the second on Vail Mountain this ski season. Gardner Friedlander, an 84-year-old skier from Milwaukee, died Dec. 19 after colliding with his wife.

“He got up and said he was fine and fell over again,” Bettis said.

A friend called ski patrol and Friedlander lost consciousness while being taken down the hill. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, Bettis said.

Friedlander suffered a lacerated spleen and blunt force trauma and died from internal bleeding, Bettis said.

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