Pennsylvania man dies after collision at Snowmass |

Pennsylvania man dies after collision at Snowmass

Andre Salvail
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

SNOWMASS – A 73-year-old Pennsylvania man died Friday after colliding with a fellow skier on the Log Deck run at Snowmass ski area, authorities said.

The cause of death for James E. Juckett, of Bath, Pa., is still under investigation, Pitkin County Deputy Coroner Jennifer Diamond said. She said an autopsy was scheduled for Saturday to determine the nature of his fatal injuries.

Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle said the accident occurred at 11:02 a.m. under the Alpine Spring chairlift. Witnesses called the ski patrol, which responded immediately. When they arrived, members of the group he was skiing with were performing CPR.

Ski patrolmen took over the CPR effort and began additional life-saving measures, Hanle said. Juckett was loaded into a rescue sled and treatment continued as he was taken by ambulance to Aspen Valley Hospital.

Hanle said Juckett and the man he collided with knew each other and had been skiing in the same group. The other man was not injured and skied away under his own power, he said. Neither skier was wearing a helmet.

“This is a tragic accident and our deepest sympathies and condolences are with his family and friends at this time,” Hanle said.

Juckett is the second person to die as a result of trauma from an accident within the Snowmass ski boundaries during the 2010-11 ski season.

Kiera Tongish, 22, a Skico employee, died on Dec. 2 after losing control on the upper third of the Grey Wolf trail and striking a tree. An accomplished skier, Tongish was off-duty and wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, the Skico said.