Target: Colonel Scott Hernandez, Chief Colorado State Police
Goal: Assist local law enforcement with search for man accused of pushing snowboarder off lift.
According to the Aspen times, a skier threw a snowboarder off the lift in response to a comment the skier felt was inappropriate. Seth Beckton states he fell 20 or 25 feet, landing face down in a pocket of snow. Although unhurt, Beckton allegedly indicates that he initially thought he was dead as he had no idea where in the lift ride they were nor how far he’d fallen.
Rivalry between skiers and snowboarders is not uncommon. Beckton reportedly admits to taunting the skier, but tossing him from the lift was a disproportionate response. Officials with Aspen Skiing Co. are reportedly working with Pitkin County Sheriff’s department to locate the skier. Aspen Skiing indicates they’d have been likely to locate the skier while he was still on the mountain, but Beckton allegedly didn’t report the incident until many hours later, due to shock. Once he realized he was unhurt, he reportedly made several more runs before reporting the situation to mountain officials.
Since Aspen is quite popular with winter sports enthusiasts, it’s likely the skier may not be a local resident and a larger area will need to be covered.
Urge state police to aide in the search for this skier by signing this petition.
Dear Colonel Hernandez,
An alleged recent “mountain rage” incident is being investigated by local officials, but given the popularity of the area it’s likely a wider area will need to covered. Snowboarder Seth Beckton reportedly told mountain security officials that he was thrown from the lift by a skier after he teased the skier. Rivalry between skiers and snowboarders is quite common, but tossing someone from the lift is an excessive reaction.
Aspen Skiing Co. and Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department are reviewing video and investigating the incident. There is no reason to believe the skier is local to that area, however, and a much broader area may need to be covered to locate him.
We urge the Colorado State Police to assist local officials with their search and work with their counterparts in other states if necessary.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Steve Prue