This should give skiers who duck ropes a moment of hesitation:
A skier died Thursday on a closed expert run at Snowmass Mountain. Nicholas Blake Davidson, 25, was buried for about a half-hour before the ski patrol and others were able to dig him out, the Pitkin County coroner's office said in a statement.
Davidson was skiing on the Hanging Valley Wall run, which had not been opened for the season, said Kristin Rust, a spokeswoman for the resort's operator, the Aspen Skiing Co. Signs clearly stated the run was closed, she said.
"There's not enough snow in there; there are exposed rocks," Rust told the AP.
A storm that wreaked havoc elsewhere in Colorado didn't appear to be a factor, she said. It dumped 15 inches on the resort in the past 48 hours.
This death comes on the one-year anniversary of the death of Colorado Springs high school senior Patrick Niedringhaus, who was buried in a slide near Torreys Peak while snowshoeing with a friend.
(There's a touching poem to him in today's Gazette obituaries.)
Our thoughts go to his family.