Eagle Sheriff: Skier death at East Vail Chutes

Vail Daily staff report

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office responded at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to a back country medical incident where a skier went off of a jump. The skier did not survive the accident, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The incident occurred at the East Vail Chutes on U.S. Forest Service land located out of bounds of the Vail Resorts Ski Area.

“At this time the cause of death is under investigation, and there does not appear to be anything suspicious about the death,” according to the Sheriff’s Office. “It appears to be a very unfortunate ski accident.”

The skier was identified as a 44-year-old male, from Vail. The identity of the victim is not being released at this time pending next of kin notifications.

Several agencies were involved in responding to and investigating the incident, including Vail Ski Patrol, Vail Mountain Rescue Group, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Eagle County Coroners Office, Vail Police Department and the Vail Public Safety Communications Center.

Due to heavy early season snow conditions, all back county skiers are advised to be cautious of the conditions and equipped with proper safety gear, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

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