According to Aspen Skiing Company, an 83-year-old skier died on Wednesday after apparently falling into the halfpipe at Snowmass on Monday morning.
George Cort from Montrose, CO was found unconscious in the bottom of the 22-foot-tall Snowmass halfpipe on Monday morning by ski patrol.
Ski patrol “initiated trauma protocol and transported the man to an ambulance,” according to Aspen Skiing Company.
George was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Denver where he died on Wednesday.
Pitkin County deputy coroner reports that George died of multiple blunt force injuries and that the manner of death was accidental.
According to Aspen’s vice president of communications, Jeff Hanle, the accident happened at about 9:15 am on Monday and was not witnessed by anyone.
“It appeared the man had skied off the deck of the halfpipe.”
– Jeff Hanle Aspen Skiing Company’s vice president of communications.
George was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident according to Aspen Skiing Company.
The halfpipe where the accident happened is near the Coney Glade lift and is designated as a Superpipe with 22-foot walls.
It’s being reported that Monday morning’s weather conditions included fog and snowfall.