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Man killed in avalanche near Aspen has been identified

Posted at 10:36 AM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 20:31:27-05

SUMMIT COUNTY – The skier that was killed in the avalanche on Green Mountain above the Markley Hut on Monday has been identified as 48-year-old Arin Trook of Aspen, Colorado.

The Pitkin County Coroner’s Office said the manner is accidental and the exact cause of death is pending an autopsy.

Initial reports indicated Trook was skiing in a small group of friends and family when he was buried in the avalanche.

26 members of Mountain Rescue Aspen were sent into the field, removing him and tried performing CPR.

Rescuers transported the rest of the skiers out of the area and put them in touch with the Aspen Hope Center for grief counseling services.

The Markley Hut, where the skier was trapped, sits at 10,400 feet above sea level in an area that frequently experiences avalanches.

Earlier this month, officials say several misjudgments led to the avalanche that killed a man participating in an advanced avalanche safety class in southwestern Colorado.

Four other people have died on the ski slopes in Summit County this season, and there have been at least three other skiing or snowboarding fatalities in Colorado this season.