VAIL – A 44-year old Vail resident is dead after what authorities are calling an “unfortunate ski accident” on Tuesday morning.
The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office responded to a backcountry medical incident where a skier went off of a jump and did not survive.
The accident happened at the East Vail Chutes in East Vail, on U.S. Forest Service land located out of bounds of the Vail Resorts Ski Area. An investigation is underway, but officials say that there does not appear to be anything suspicious about the man’s death.
The identity of the victim is not being released at this time pending next of kin notifications. Vail Ski Patrol, Vail Mountain Rescue Group, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Eagle County Coroners Office, Vail Police Department and the Vail Public Safety Communications Center worked together on the accident.
Due to heavy early season snow conditions, all back county skiers should be cautious of the conditions and equipped with proper safety gear.