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Colorado man dies in skiing accident in Hatcher Pass area

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A 35-year-old man from Colorado died from injuries sustained in a skiing accident Friday, Alaska State troopers said in an online statement

A preliminary investigation determined that William Snyder was skiing in the Hatcher Pass area “when his ski got stuck in a hole, causing him to go headfirst into the snow,” Justin Freeman, a spokesman with the Alaska State Troopers said in an email Saturday.

Snyder was unable to free himself from the snow, according to Freeman. A bystander was able to reach Snyder, and attempted life-saving measures before calling for help, troopers said.

Troopers said they responded to the scene just after 8 p.m. Friday, and that Snyder was then transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. State park rangers and Palmer Fire and Rescue assisted, troopers said. The cause of death will be determined by the state medical examiner.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the location of the skiing accident. It was near the Gold Cord Lake trail, not the Gold Mint trail.