Tragic news out of Colorado where a 42-year-old snowboarder died after crashing into a tree at Aspen Highlands Ski Area. Pitkin County sheriff’s officials say the man, whose name has not been released, was with a friend when he crashed in the Highlands Bowl on Wednesday afternoon. Ski patrollers performed CPR after finding the man unconscious, but he was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. The were no witnesses to the accident but rescuers concluded that the man had crashed into a tree. The Pitkin County Corner’s Office report the cause of death was blunt force trauma.

Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office Press Release: 

Aspen Highlands Skier Death

DATE OF INCIDENT: January 19th, 2022

DEPUTY IN CHARGE: Deputy Bruce Benjamin

CASE NUMBER: 22P000746

Pitkin County, Colorado – January 19th, 2022  – A 42 year old male skier snowboarder (corrected 1805 hours) died on Aspen Highlands Ski Area in Highlands Bowl at approximately 1508 hrs after crashing into a tree.

At approximately 1505 hrs the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office was notified by Aspen Highlands Ski Company of a male skier snowboarder (corrected 1805 hours), skiing with a friend, who had collided with a tree in Highlands Bowl on Aspen Highlands Ski Area. The male was found unconscious. Ski Patrollers were alerted and immediately began CPR on the unresponsive male. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful and the male was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 1508 hrs. While there were no witnesses to the collision, rescuers surmised the male collided with a tree. 

Ski Patrollers  transported the male to the base of the Mountain where they met with Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Pitkin County Coroners. The investigation was transferred to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Pitkin County Coroner’s Office.

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office along with Aspen Ski Co provided support for the deceased males friend.   

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s would like to recognize Aspen Ski Patrol’s resuscitation efforts and their quick response.