The Aspen Skiing Co. lift operator who died at the Snowmass Ski Area on Thursday has been identified as Jeffrey Beadle. Beadle, 47, was skiing by himself at the time of the accident at the bottom of the Cirque Headwall. He died after suffering multiple chest injuries, according to a statement released Friday by the Pitkin County Coroner’s Office.
The skier who found Beadle called Snowmass Ski Patrol at 1:50 p.m., a SkiCo statement says. Beadle was unconscious and unresponsive when patrol arrived at the scene. They began advanced life-saving procedures and continued their efforts as he was transported to an ambulance.
And yesterday morning, North Tahoe Fire personnel and Placer County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Northstar Ski Resort to assist with a traumatic ski accident. North Tahoe Fire personnel quickly arrived on scene and pronounced Marc L. Coleman, 67, of Van Nuys, CA, deceased at the scene.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Coroner’s division took charge of the investigation and took custody of the decedent. Deputy coroners on scene determined this to be an apparent accidental ski death, although an autopsy may be pending. The decedent was wearing a helmet.
In neither accident was it clear what caused the fatal injuries, but both men appeared to have died from blunt force trauma.