Coroner: 77-year-old skier dies at Snowmass

By Real Aspen
Real AspenJanuary 19, 2011
A Kalamazoo, Mich., man died while skiing at Snowmass ski area Tuesday afternoon.

Thomas Berglund, 77, likely died of natural causes, the Pitkin County Coroner's Office reports.

In a statement released Wednesday night, the coroner's office said it will perform "an autopsy but initial investigation points to natural causes."

A spokesman for the Aspen Skiing Company confirmed that Berglund is believed to have suffered cardiac arrest after ending up in deep snow in an area below the Coney Glade lift. A man who was snowshoeing and came across Berglund called 911 and ski patrol came to help. Berglund had reportedly said he was forced off the trail and into the knee-deep powder by another skier or rider. As ski patrollers helped him, Berglund reportedly went into cardiac arrest. Efforts to resuscitate him at the scene and Aspen Valley Hospital were unsuccessful.

Yesterday, a woman from Dallas died in a Denver hospital where she was airlifted after collapsing while skiing at Aspen Highlands on Sunday. She reportedly suffered a brain aneurysm.

UPDATE: On Friday, Jan. 21, the coroner issued the following statement: "Autopsy confirmed that the cause of death was cardiac arrest and no other contributing factors were noted."

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