Coroner: Brettmann suffocated
December 16, 2008
ASPEN ” Former Aspen Skiing Co. ski patroller Cory Brettmann suffocated when he was buried in an avalanche Sunday off the back side of Aspen Mountain, according to the Pitkin County coroner.
Dr. J. Steve Ayers ruled Brettmann’s cause of death as asphyxia with multiple traumatic injuries as a contributing factor, according to a brief press release sent out via e-mail in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.
Brettmann, 52, was buried in the avalanche and snow obstructed his airway, according to the press release. He also suffered “multiple blunt trauma” but those injuries were not fatal, according to Ayers.
Brettmann, an Old Snowmass resident, was skiing alone in the Power Line area, outside the patrolled ski area boundary on Aspen Mountain, when he was caught and killed in the slide. Searchers found him Sunday evening after he was reported overdue from the day’s ski outing. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.