Snowboarder dies after hitting tree at Monarch Ski Area

Posted at 11:05 AM, Dec 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-03 13:05:42-05

SALIDA, Colo. (AP) -- Authorities say a snowboarder was killed when he hit a tree at Colorado's Monarch Ski Area.

The Chaffee County Sheriff's Office says 23-year-old Collin J. Zak, a native of Ohio who was serving in the military, was found unresponsive Saturday morning on the expert-rated Mirage run. Ski patrollers performed CPR, but Zak was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Sheriff John Spezze did not know Zak's hometown or the branch of military he was serving in.