ASPEN, Colo. (CBS4) — Aspen first responders were unable to resuscitate a 30-year-old local man who collided with a “stationary object” while snowboarding at a ski area early Sunday morning. A companion of the snowboarder called emergency dispatchers at 1:30 a.m. to report his friend’s accident.
The companion told authorities the pair had hiked onto Aspen Mountain Ski Resort property after hours and descended a ski run.
The injured man was found 200 yards uphill from Lift 1A’s base on the western side of the ski area, stated a spokesman for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office did not respond to a message requesting clarification of the nature of the “stationary object” the snowboarder struck.
The snowboarder had suffered head injuries and was unconscious and unresponsive. Life-saving efforts were unsuccessful.
Mid-afternoon Sunday, the Pitkin County Coroner identified the deceased snowboarder as Aaron Joseph Hill.
The snowboarder’s companion was not named by the sheriff’s office.
Aspen Mountain’s normal hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., as stated on the resort’s website.
A call to the resort’s media representative – asking if the area’s operations were affected – was not answered Sunday afternoon.