Apr 4, 2014 11:45 PM by Connie Murphy

Aspen ski resort employee dies while skiing

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - An Aspen ski resort employee has died while skiing at the Snowmass Ski Area. The Pitkin County Coroner's Office says the 47-year-old man was found Thursday by another skier. The man's name hasn't been released.

The cause of death wasn't immediately known. An autopsy was planned.

The Aspen Skiing Co. says the man worked as a ski lift operator. The company owns four Aspen-area ski mountains, including Snowmass.

The man was wearing a helmet. Authorities say emergency responders attempted to revive him for about two hours. They say he was found in a remote, expert-only area that took time to reach.

Aspen Skiing Co. President and CEO Mike Kaplan released a statement expressing shock at the man's death and offering sympathy to his family and friends.


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