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Skier dies after falling into halfpipe at Aspen Snowmass

Posted at 1:39 PM, Feb 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-15 15:39:11-05

ASPEN (AP) — An 83-year-old man died after he apparently skied off the deck of the halfpipe at Aspen Snowmass in western Colorado.

The Aspen Times reports ski patrol found the Montrose man Monday morning, and he died at a Denver hospital Wednesday. His name has not been released.

The halfpipe at Snowmass has walls that are 22-feet (6.7-meters) high and is used for professional competitions. Weather conditions Monday morning included periods of fog and snow.

Resort officials say the man was wearing a helmet when he crashed.

Meanwhile, Vail Mountain reported that a 46-year-old man died after a “serious incident” in the Blue Sky Basin area of the resort Thursday. Resort officials expressed condolences for the man’s family but did not release any details about the death.

The victim was identified as Jason Varnish, of Short Hills, New Jersey.