Skier Airlifted From Highlands Bowl, Aspen, CO Died From His Injuries the Next Day

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Joseph Bottiglieri, left, and his family. Courtesy picture

The 57-year-old man who fell Thursday in Highlands Bowl died the next day but wasn’t officially identified as a Washington, D.C., lawyer, and father of two until Tuesday afternoon, reports the Aspen Times.

The Pitkin County Coroner’s Office said Joseph Bottiglieri of Rockville, Maryland, “succumbed to his injuries” Friday, though the cause of death was still pending further investigation, according to a news release sent out late Tuesday afternoon. The man’s son said Tuesday he died of “catastrophic brain damage.”

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The rescue helicopter makes a landing on a flat area of the mountain. Credit: Mikey Wechsler

Bottiglieri fell near the top of the Y2 run on Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands and slid to the bottom of the run, according to an Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman. He was unresponsive initially, though responders performed life-saving measures and were able to establish a pulse. Bottiglieri was helicoptered from mid-mountain at Highlands and flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction on Thursday afternoon. A day later, doctors told the family he was brain dead, Matthew Bottiglieri, his son, told the Aspen Times. He had been wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, he said.

Joseph Bottiglieri was a partner in a Washington, D.C., law firm and specialized in product liability and other areas of commercial litigation, according to an obituary posted Sunday on the firm’s website.


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