Skier dies in fall near Silverthorne |

Skier dies in fall near Silverthorne

Summit Daily staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. – A backcountry skier died on Buffalo Mountain near Silverthorne Friday after falling nearly 1,500 feet and striking some rocks.

According to the Summit County coroner, Jeff Ipsen, 27, of Denver was skiing with his brother and two friends on Silver Couloir when he fell and slid to his death.

The cause of death was blunt force trauma, according to the coroner.

Summit County Rescue Group deployed 35 rescuers to assist. CPR was in progress on Ipsen when they arrived.

The accident was not the result of any slide or avalanche activity, according to a forecaster from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center who was skiing in the area at the time.

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