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Man dies after hitting Buttermilk tree

Staff report

A 20-year-old U.S. Army private injured at Buttermilk Mountain last month is the first skier or snowboarder death in Aspen this season.

Andrew Garcia of Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, hit a tree on an unspecified green run on the mountain Feb. 19 and suffered head injuries, according to Pitkin County Coroner Dr. Steve Ayers. Garcia was not wearing a helmet, he said.

Garcia was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, where he died Feb. 23 of multiple skull fractures, subdural hematoma, a subarachnoid bleed and a vertebrate fracture, Ayers said.

There have been 10 confirmed reports of deaths at Colorado ski resorts this season, including four at Breckenridge.


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