Arapahoe Basin's snow safety director Leif Borgeson died Tuesday while hiking the ridge at the Aspen Highlands Bowl. According to a press release from A-Basin, Borgeson collapsed after the hike and was immediately attended to by Aspen Highlands patrol, but was unable to be resuscitated.
Borgeson, 50, of Dillon, worked at A-Basin starting in 1990, joining the ski patrol after patrolling at Keystone for several years. He worked in various capacities including medical coordinator, paramedic, snow safety supervisor and most recently as snow safety director. He has been instrumental in creating Ar-Basin's avalanche procedures and protocols and recognized nationally for his work on the study of avalanches - in particular wet slab avalanches.
Between 2001-2004, Borgeson worked for the National Ski Patrol as its training director. Before joining Keystone in the 1980s, Borgeson worked as a patroller in Arizona Snow Bowl and as a hot-shot forest firefighter in Flagstaff, Ariz. In addition, he served as a paramedic for Summit County Ambulance Service in the early 1990s.
Borgeson is survived by his wife, Denise Schmidt-Borgeson, his two sons Ian and Aidan Borgeson, his parents and his brother.
Plans for memorial services will be announced at a later date.