Ski instructor dies after hitting tree |

Ski instructor dies after hitting tree

ASPEN ” An Aspen Skiing Co. instructor has died after hitting a tree while skiing alone at Snowmass on his day off, company officials said Sunday.

Chris Bove, 35, struck the tree Saturday afternoon. A ski patroller who spotted Bove called in help from a chair lift.

Bove underwent surgery at Aspen Valley Hospital. A friend, Lisa Weiss, said 30 or 40 people waited at the hospital until 1:30 a.m. Sunday, when they were told Bove had died.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday morning.

Bove was a nine-year ski instructor with Aspen Skiing Co. and six-year instructor with Challenge Aspen, a nonprofit adaptive skiing program for the disabled.

“He’s been one of our top instructors for the disabled that we’ve ever had,” said Houston Cowan, CEO of Challenge Aspen. “He always had this calming effect over people that made people right at home the first minute you met him.”

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