Jul 26, 2010 8:24 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Rangers recover body of backcountry Colorado skier

Rangers have recovered the body of a backcountry skier in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The National Park Service says the 40-year-old Colorado man was reported overdue on Sunday morning. He was said to be an experienced backcountry skier who planned to hike in and ski a snowfield near Finch Lake. Rangers found the man's car at a trailhead Sunday morning and at 4 p.m. located his body on a snowfield near the southern boundary of the park.

The agency says the cause of death is unknown.

Because of weather conditions and the fact that the body is about 10 miles from the nearest trailhead, rangers planned to spend the night near the scene of the accident and remove the body on Monday.

The man's name and hometown haven't been released.


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