Mountain Rescue Aspen recovers the body of avalanche victim |

Mountain Rescue Aspen recovers the body of avalanche victim

Mountain Rescue Aspen recovered the body Tuesday morning of a man who was killed Monday while skiing in a steep gulch outside the west boundary of Aspen Mountain.

One five-member team reached the body at about 6:40 a.m., according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. Team members used climbing skins on skis to access the site, which is located north of Midnight Mine Road, according to authorities. A separate team remained at a staging area to provide safety and backup.

“Rescue leaders from Mountain Rescue Aspen had evaluated the risk of further avalanches in the area and determined that an early start to the recovery would be necessary on Tuesday,” said a news release from the sheriff’s offie. “Furthermore, it was determined that no pre-recovery avalanche mitigation work was needed in the area surrounding the location of the victim.”

The body was taken down to Castle Creek Valley by the team and transported to Aspen Valley Hospital.

Authorities haven’t formally released the identity of the victim yet but there has been widespread discussion of the longtime Aspen resident within the local skiing community.

The man was skiing with another person Monday when the slide occurred. The other person was unhurt and reported the accident to the sheriff’s office shortly before 3 p.m.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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