South Carolina man killed in ski accident at Snowmass |

South Carolina man killed in ski accident at Snowmass

Tim Mutrie

A 49-year-old South Carolina man died yesterday afternoon from injuries he sustained in a collision with a tree at Snowmass ski area.

Alvin Talbot Henderson, of Greenwood, S.C., was pronounced dead at Aspen Valley Hospital at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, roughly three hours after he struck a tree on the skier’s right side of Mick’s Gully ski run.

Henderson was reportedly skiing with family members when he hit the tree, though specifics of the accident were unavailable Sunday.

It was the fourth skiing-related death in Colorado this season. Last year, 12 skiers and snowboarders died on the slopes of Colorado ski resorts, a record-setting number twice the annual average.

Seven members of the Snowmass Ski Patrol responded to the accident at 12:03 p.m. yesterday, three minutes after the collision, according to Rose Abello, director of communications for the Aspen Skiing Co.

“Patrollers treated [Henderson] for head, chest and abdominal injuries, put him on a backboard and took him to the clinic where an ambulance was waiting,” Abello said.

Henderson arrived at AVH at approximately 1 p.m., according to an AVH spokeswoman. “And he went right to surgery at the hospital,” added Pitkin County deputy coroner Tom Walsh.

Walsh said “trauma,” related to the collision with the tree, was the cause of death.

Mick’s Gully is an intermediate-level ski run located to the skier’s left of the Big Burn chairlift.

On Nov. 7, a Westminster man died after colliding with a tree at the Keystone ski area. A disabled skier struck an object on Nov. 28 at the Winter Park ski area and later died. And earlier this month, an accomplished skier was killed at the Breckenridge ski area after running into a permanent snow fence.

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