Snowmass employee killed while skiing off-duty
Aspen, CO Colorado
SNOWMASS, Colorado – A 22-year-old woman employed by the Aspen Skiing Co. was killed Thursday afternoon when she hit a tree while skiing the Elk Camp section of Snowmass, the company announced in a statement.
The woman’s name was not released. Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle said the woman was working her second season in the ticketing department.
“This is a shocking and tragic accident that deeply affects everyone in the company,” the Skico said in a statement. “Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with her family and friends at this time.”
The woman was not working at the time of the accident. She was skiing with at least one friend, Hanle said.
A witness on the Elk Camp chairlift reported to the Skico the woman lost control while on the upper third of the Grey Wolf trail, then she collided with a tree.
“The witness did say she was skiing fast,” Hanle said.
She was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident but suffered “massive trauma,” according to Hanle.
The ski patrol was called at 1:41 p.m. by a witness on the chairlift. The ski patrol was on the scene within minutes but the woman was unresponsive.
They started CPR and other measure to try to revive her. The ski patrol loaded the woman into a rescue sled, continued treatment and transported her to a waiting ambulance. She was taken by ambulance to Aspen Valley Hospital.
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