An Ohio man died Friday after suffering multiple injuries from a ski accident that occurred at Snowmass ski area on Sunday. Paul Cohen, 45, of Cincinnati, was skiing off the Elk Camp chairlift at the top of Sandy Park around 11:30 a.m. when there was a collision with another skier that led to Cohen hitting a tree, said a spokesman for Aspen Skiing Co.

Cohen was wearing a helmet when the collision took place.  He was treated at Aspen Valley Hospital before being airlifted to St. Anthony Hospital in Denver, where he died. St. Anthony is one of four Level 1 trauma centers in Colorado.

Cohen’s death is the third within in-bounds Skico areas this ski season, and all three accidents involved the victims running into trees. On Jan. 11, skier Jonathan Stewart, of Aspen, died on Aspen Mountain, and on March 18, snowboarder Uwe Breitkreuz, of Germany, died at Snowmass.

And a 60-year-old North Carolina man died Thursday in a skiing accident at Keystone. Lee Hurley, of Charlotte, N.C., was skiing an intermediate run when he lost control and hit a tree, according to a media release from the Summit County Coroner’s Office.

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