Coroner: Bove died from internal injuries
ASPEN Ski instructor Chris Bove died of blunt-force trauma that led to large amounts of blood loss, the coroner confirmed Monday. Bove died at Aspen Valley Hospital early Sunday after hours of surgery. The 35-year-old collided with a tree at Snowmass around 1:30 p.m. Saturday. “He had several injured organs,” said Scott Thompson, Pitkin County’s chief deputy coroner. “Basically, he died of blood loss. They weren’t able to stop it.”Bove was not wearing a helmet, but Thompson said even if he were, it would not have made a difference. Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle said there will not be an extensive investigation into the crash because a ski patrolman witnessed it. “[Bove] was making big GS turns, fairly fast but it wasn’t out of control or anything,” Hanle said. “He just crashed in an unfortunate spot, about 6 feet from the trees, and slid into them.”Houston Cowan, CEO of Challenge Aspen, where Bove worked as a ski instructor for six years, said the Snowmass ski patrol and Aspen Valley Hospital staff did an excellent job as the accident unfolded. “I believe one of the patrollers actually knew Chris, got to the scene and got him to the ambulance and just did an incredibly professional job,” Cowan said. “We’re lucky to have them here.”The staff of Challenge Aspen will gather today to share memories of Bove and to remember the things he brought to the local nonprofit adaptive skiing program. Cowan said a new mono-ski will be named for Bove. “Future participants will be in Chris’ arms when they are in Chris Bove’s mono-ski for many years to come,” Cowan said. “He’ll still be teaching for us in his own way.”Service at St. MaryThere will be a visitation and funeral service at St. Mary Catholic Church in Aspen. Visitation is from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, with a prayer service at 8. The funeral follows at 10 a.m. Thursday. The family has requested that memorials to the International Disabled Free Skiing Association, c/o Sam Ferguson, 100 Truscott Place, Aspen, CO 81612. Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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