Body of man found at St. Moritz identified as local
A man found dead Friday at a lodge at the base of Shadow Mountain was identified late Sunday as Collin Gibbard, 41, of Aspen.
Gibbard’s cause of death remains under investigation, according to a news release Sunday from Pitkin County Deputy Coroner Eric Hansen.
A maid at the St. Moritz discovered Gibbard’s body about 8:30 a.m. Friday. There were no signs of foul play and police found no obvious causes for his death inside the room.
A memorial service for Gibbard, a native of Aspen and Old Snowmass, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at The Orchard, 110 Snowmass Drive, in Carbondale, said Evan Gibbard, Collin’s brother and former production manager at The Aspen Times, on Sunday.
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An unwelcome but familiar weather pattern in the Aspen-area mountains has created conditions that are once again ripe for avalanches. The early, ample snow in October was followed by dry periods. That resulted in a poor foundation for the snowpack. Steep slopes on north to east aspects pose the greatest threat.