Skier who died at Loveland Ski Area after hitting tree identified

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. — The man who was killed while skiing at Loveland Ski Area on Friday morning has been identified.

The Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office said 35-year-old Georgetown resident Cole Barker died in the incident near the bottom of lift 8 at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Officials said Barker was wearing a helmet but is believed to have died from blunt force trauma suffered when he hit a tree.

Ski patrol responded immediately, but Barker was pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff’s office said.