Skier killed in avalanche near Aspen Mountain



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PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. — A skier died in an avalanche near Aspen Mountain in Pitkin County on Monday.

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said the snow slide happened outside the boundary of the Aspen Mountain Ski Resort about 3 p.m. and it involved two skiers.

The second skier was uninjured and was able to notify rescuers about what happened.

“Members of the Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol successfully located the body of the missing skier shortly after 4:00 p.m at the bottom of a snow-covered chute at approximately 9,400 feet. A total of seven patrollers and rescue equipment were brought to the scene. The skier was pronounced dead at approximately 5:00 p.m,” a statement from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said.

Search crews plan to recover the victim’s body from the area Tuesday once additional avalanche hazards in the area are dealt with.

The victim’s identity was not released.

The avalanche danger is rated as “considerable” in most of the Colorado mountains after all of the recent snowfall there. An avalanche warning is up for the southern mountains through midday Tuesday, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

“The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office wishes to remind people to be extremely careful when planning trips into the backcountry. Always check current weather and snow conditions online and carry the appropriate recovery and survival tools.”

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