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Fort Carson soldier identified as snowboarder who died at Monarch Ski Area

By: The Associated Press and The Gazette
December 3, 2017 Updated: December 4, 2017 at 7:36 am
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FILE - Skiers ride the Garfield Lift Dec. 14, 2012, during the opening day at Monarch Mountain. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette)

SALIDA — 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, but an official at Fort Carson confirmed Sunday night that Zak was a soldier at the Mountain Post.

No other information was released.

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