Authorities identify skier killed on Aspen Mountain
February 5, 2013
ASPEN – The woman who died after a collision with another skier on Aspen Mountain Monday was identified by authorities Tuesday as Natalie Egleston, 48.
The coroner’s office said Egleston is from Pennsylvania but it didn’t identify where.
Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol received a report about a collision at 3:46 p.m. and responded immediately, according to statement from Aspen Skiing Co. “Two female skiers were involved in a collision on Spar Gulch just below where Jackpot exits,” the statement said.
Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo said he was told it appeared Egleston had stopped to clean her goggles when she was hit by the other skier. The sheriff’s office is investigating the incident, but the preliminary information indicates “this is just another tragic ski accident,” DiSalvo said.
The ski patrol found the woman unconscious and unresponsive, and advanced life-saving procedures were undertaken, according to Skico’s statement.
The woman was transported to an ambulance at the ski area base and taken to Aspen Valley Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Skico’s statement said. “The other skier suffered minor injuries. Both skiers were wearing helmets,” according to the statement.
The coroner’s office said the manner of death was accidental and the cause of death was traumatic brain injury.
“The employees of Aspen Skiing Company are truly saddened by this tragic outcome and our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and friends,” Skico said in its statement.