Michael McLaughlin
The Aspen Times

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March 29, 2014
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Skier dies after collision at Snowmass

An Ohio man died Friday after suffering multiple injuries from a ski accident that occurred at Snowmass ski area on Sunday.

Paul Cohen, 45, of Cincinnati, was skiing off the Elk Camp chairlift at the top of Sandy Park around 11:30 a.m. when there was a collision with another skier that led to Cohen hitting a tree, said Jeff Hanle, spokesman for Aspen Skiing Co.

Cohen was wearing a helmet when the collision took place.

The weather conditions were partly cloudy with no precipitation on the day of the crash. Hanle said it was unclear if Cohen was skiing by himself at the time.

“It’s a tragedy,” Hanle said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family and friends.”

Cohen was treated at Aspen Valley Hospital before being airlifted to St. Anthony Hospital in Denver, where he died. St. Anthony is one of four Level 1 trauma centers in Colorado.

Snowmass police were notified and investigated the accident. Hanle said the police determined that neither skier was at fault and did not investigate the situation further.

“By all accounts, this was a tragic accident,” said Snowmass Police Sgt. Brian Olson. “We didn’t find any criminal action.”

Cohen’s death is the third within in-bounds Skico areas this ski season, and all three accidents involved the victims running into trees. On Jan. 11, skier Jonathan Stewart, of Aspen, died on Aspen Mountain, and on March 18, snowboarder Uwe Breitkreuz, of Germany, died at Snowmass.


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