73-year-old man dies in Snowmass ski wreck

By Real Aspen
Real AspenMarch 11, 2011
A 73-year-old man died after reportedly colliding with another skier today at Snowmass Ski Area.

James E. Juckett, who hails from Pennsylvania, and the other skier who authorities say was involved in the accident were both skiing in the same group, according to officials in Aspen.

The Aspen Skiing Company is reporting that the incident occurred at 11:02 a.m. on the Log Deck run under the Alpine Springs chairlift in Snowmass.

"Witnesses to the accident called patrol and they responded immediately. Members of his group began CPR immediately and CPR was underway when patrol arrived," the Aspen Skiing Company said in a prepared statement. "Patrol took over CPR and began additional advanced life saving measures. The man was loaded into a rescue sled and treatment continued as he was transported to a waiting ambulance and taken to Aspen Valley Hospital. Both men were visiting from out of the area and skiing in the same group. Neither party was wearing a helmet. This is a tragic accident and our deepest sympathies and condolences are with his family and friends at this time."

The Pitkin County Coroner's Office determined that Mr. Juckett died from multiple systems trauma. His death has been ruled accidental.

comments: 5 Comments on "73-year-old man dies in Snowmass ski wreck"

EWoods – March 11, 2011, at 8:07 p.m.

James is my father. He leaves behind three daughters and many friends. I thank the Aspen Skiing Company for doing everything they could to save my Dad. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our father. I can only say I'm glad he passed doing something he loved with his friends rather than getting taken out on the way to a store by a drunk driver or something. Many thanks to those who tried to save him for us.

jmb – March 12, 2011, at 6:43 a.m.

Hi Ellen !
My name is Jean and I am Judy's daughter. My Mom had been dating you Dad for the last eight months.
She just learned about the accident last night and she is devasted. She doesnt have much information.

Can you please get in touch with us via email and we can exchange phone numbers. She would like to talk to you and your sisters and find out about funeral arrangements.

I am sooo sorry for your loss; I understand more than you know.
email jmb926@comcast.net and megahealer55@verizon.net

Mabel – March 12, 2011, at 7:30 a.m.

i am so sorry for the loss of your Dad! i was in the group that was skiing with your Dad for the last few days. Your father was definitely having a good time. I did not witness the accident, as we were waiting at the top for the guys to return after we did a bathroom run. As we skiied down we saw the ski patrol working on someone, I recognized your Dad by his boots. The ski patrol was obviously well trained and doing the utmost possible to help your Dad. They never stopped their efforts to save your Dad as they took him off the mountain! I have seen many rescucitations as I have been a trauma nurse and ICU nurse for over 25 years. The Snowmass Ski Patrol did all they could and well! Again, I am so sorry for you and your family's loss of Jim!

Judy – March 12, 2011, at 7:55 a.m.

I had been dating Jim for the last eight months. I would like to talk to someone. He was such a wonderful man. I am so very sorry.
Ellen, Mabel please e-mail me

JennJuckett – March 13, 2011, at 8:50 p.m.

I am Ellie's sister and Jim's daughter. We thank everyone at the mountain and at Aspen Valley Hospital for their assistance and communication after the event. Dad was a very skilled skier and always looked forward to these trips. We're confident that although he was taken from us far too soon, he lived a very full and happy life and was certainly doing something he loved. Services will be held in Allentown PA on Thursday, March 17th. Anyone seeking information can contact me at juckett@gmail.com

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