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Breaking: Man dies mountain biking on Snowmass Ski Area

Jason Auslander, The Aspen Times

A 65-year-old man died Monday afternoon at Snowmass Ski Area after crashing his mountain bike, Aspen Skiing Co. officials and police said.

The accident occurred about 1:30 p.m. on the east side, or Elk Camp side, of the ski area’s summer mountain biking trails, said Snowmass police Sgt. Dave Heivly. According to a resort official, the crash occurred on the Valhalla trail.

A guest found the unresponsive man on the trail and alerted patrollers. CPR had been started when patrol arrived, and Snowmass Wild Cat Fire Department also arrived on scene but was unable to revive the man, according to a Skico statement.

First responders unsuccessfully performed CPR on the man before calling the Pitkin County Coroner, according to Heivly. The cause of death has not been determined.

“We are saddened by this tragic incident and our thoughts are with his family at this time,” Skico director of public relations Jeff Hanle said.

At least one witness reported seeing the man crash, though specifics were not available Monday afternoon, Heivly said.

According to the resort, the Valhalla trail is just under 3 miles with a 1,400-foot vertical drop and suggested for intermediate to advanced riders; its features include berms, jumps, bridges, table tops and a wall ride.

This is a developing story that will be updated.


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